Moms, we know that pregnancy isn’t easy on the body. From incontinence to acne, there are tons of inconvenient or downright embarrassing side effects.
Whether you’re a new mom asking “what the heck is happening?!” or on your third bundle of joy and you’ve seen it all, the struggle is real.
One of those things that’s no fun to deal with while you’re bringing a new life into this world? Pregnancy feet, which is when your legs and feet get swollen and sore at the end of the day.
Don’t stress. We’ve got five tips and tricks for you to try that are going to help you manage!
This one is almost a no-brainer. During pregnancy, your body retains more fluid. Plus, the extra weight you and your growing baby gain puts pressure on your veins and arteries.
To relieve pregnancy feet, get that fluid moving with a little massage.
It can be hard to bend over in the later trimesters, so ask your significant other to give your feet a little TLC. Bonus idea: ask for massage gift certificates for your baby shower!
2. Modify Your Shoes
Ladies, we all love a cute open-toe pump, but when you’re pregnant you’ll have to stash them in the back of the closet. High heels, narrow-toe boxes, and shoes that lack support are some of the worst instigators of pregnancy feet.
Try to wear sandals or go barefoot as often as possible. If that’s not an option, get some flat shoes with good support.
If you need more arch support, orthotics for flat feet can be a lifesaver.
3. Drink More Water
Your body will hold onto every drop of water it can during pregnancy. To minimize water retention, drinking more water will help.
Try a little lemon in your water to jump-start the process. Cucumbers are also a great snack full of water but also silicon and sulfur, which can make kidneys more efficient.
4. Keep Moving
Sitting is no good for your feet and legs, but neither is standing for a long time. Try to find a happy medium where you have the option of propping up your feet.
Try going on walks and incorporate exercise into your daily routine to help deal with swelling and pain.
5. Compression Socks
Sometimes, you just can’t be bothered to drink all that water, your hubby isn’t in the mood to give you a massage, and you don’t feel like exercising. We get it.
Compression socks are your friend here. Just throw them on to keep swelling at bay during most of the day. It’s quick, easy, and gets the job done.
Take Care Of Your Pregnancy Feet
Moms take on a lot during pregnancy. Follow the above tips and you’ve got one less thing to worry about.
Take time to pamper yourself, not just for your comfort but for your well-being. Your feet carry you throughout the day, so give them a little loving.
Got any other tips for dealing with pregnancy feet? Let us know in the comments!