foot swelling during pregnancy

radhika

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i am in the 5th month of my pregnancy suddenly i got foot swelling for the last 2 days. what will be the reason?

Today i planned to meet my doctor to know. just worried about it, because i heared it will be due to high BP.

Friends please tell me the reasons and also any working home remedies for foot swelling during pregnancy.
 

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don't sit or stand for long time (this is the main reason for foot swelling). Whenever you are sitting in a chair place your foots on another chair, so that your legs will be horizondal.

visit your doctor and check you BP.
 
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hi radhika....
dont take tension....
swelling on feet is known as "PEDAL ADEMA" basically it occurs due to stress on your body.
Just dont stand for a long tym...try not to gv stress to your body....As v knw that are feet hold our body....
So take care not to sit or stand for a long tym.....
And yes go for regular BP checkups.....Ans c wat ur doctor suggest.....
ALL THE BEST...:)
 

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thanks lalitha and simran. thanks for your ideas, i consulted with doctor and she say normal after checking bp and sugar.
 

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Causes of Foot swelling are:

* Standing for a long period of time at a stretch, is one of the most common causes which induces feet swelling during pregnancy.
* Inadequate consumption of potassium too, can lead to swelling.
* High intake of sodium in the diet, causes feet swelling during pregnancy.
* High level of caffeine consumption also leads to swelling.
* Heat in summers is also one of the reason for the swelling of the feet during pregnancy.
* Long working hours are also one of the contributing factors.


Reduce Feet Swelling During Pregnancy
Nowadays there are a lot of home remedies to cure various ailments, some of which also help in reducing feet swelling during pregnancy. At the same time, there are a a few guidelines that need to be followed during prenatal care, which will help your cause. Here are some of the remedies...

* The first and foremost change is to avoid standing for a long period of time. Remember it is your feet which is bearing your weight and also the weight of the fetus, which is growing within you. Therefore the feet also need to rest.
* When you sleep or when you are resting, rest your legs on an incline, in the form of a pillow, to prevent the flow of the fluid to your feet. If it is possible, lie down with your legs resting on an elevation during the afternoon.
* If you sit and work the whole day, make use of a foot rest. The foot rest will help in reducing the swelling of the feet.
* It is not advisable to use high heels when you are pregnant. The high heels can add to your woes of swollen feet.
* You should increase water consumption. Drinking water is known as one of the best cures for water retention besides aiding in the detoxification of the body.
* During the summer season avoid spending time outdoors.
* Do not wear clothes which are tight at the ankles or the wrists.
* Use elastic hose, which will lend support to your legs. It is not advisable to use nylon hose.
* If you really want to exercise, you can make use of the swimming pool. You can go swimming or you can simply rest in the pool.
* You can make use of a cold compress on your swollen feet during pregnancy.
* The consumption of sodium during the pregnancy months should be at its minimum. Sodium leads to water retention, hence it is advisable not to add additional salt to your meals.
* Avoid the consumption of junk food through all the months of pregnancy. Junk food usually contains high amount of sodium.
* Make foot massage, which will help in increasing blood circulation to your feet and help in reducing feet swelling.
 
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The white discharge that you notice at different times during your childbearing age is nothing but the cervical mucus. Cervical mucus perform different functions in the reproductive function of women. During pregnancy a lot of mucus formed at the mouth of the cervix and uterus to protect the child against infections.
 
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Foot swelling during pregnancy is very common part that is seen probably after 20 weeks of pregnancy.It is advisable take a walk after having lunch and dinner.It also may help to elevate your legs slightly with pillows.
 
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Unfortunately there really isn't much you can do for it at this point, it's all because of the weight of the baby. You can try cutting salt, drinking a ton of water, taking warm bathes, and keeping your feet up. I've heard some women have success by cutting both salt and carbs.

My poor feet swelled from a size 9 to over an 11. It was awful and I hate to say it but it doesn't go away instantly after the baby is born. It takes a good week to reduce and a few weeks to go down all the way. The fluids they give you in labor actually make it worse.
 

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What are Swollen Feet?
–Rachel Irving, Singapore

During pregnancy a woman’s body experiences many different changes. A common downside to pregnancy is foot pain. Expectant mothers often complain about tired, sore and swollen feet which can range from a dull ache to severe pain.. This is natural because the additional weight gained during pregnancy alters a woman’s center of gravity, changing her posture and balance, and adding undue pressure on the knees and feet.
Burning sensations may develop and feet may feel hot because of an increase in body temperature due to hormonal changes. These changes affect the way the feet would normally function and as a result a number of foot conditions may develop.
What Causes Swollen Feet?
Two of the most common foot conditions brought on by pregnancy are over-pronation or weakening of the arches (also known as flat feet) and edema. When over-pronation occurs, your arch flattens and your feet roll inward. As a result, excessive strain is placed on the calves and back making walking extremely painful.
If over-pronation or flat feet are left untreated, more serious conditions such as metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain) or plantar fasciitis (severe heel pain) can occur. Edema is a condition in which the extra fluid in your body becomes displaced and is stored in the hands and feet. Many women experience edema and it typically occurs during the last trimester of pregnancy, and especially in the summer months.

Feet and ankles swell and turn purplish in color. Edema usually disappears after delivery but if swelling appears more prominent in one foot than the other or affects the face, consult your doctor immediately. Other foot problems that may develop and cause ‘"pain" include bunions and calluses, while many pregnant women experience varicose veins and leg cramping.

Other Possible Causes of Swollen Feet

  • Drinking Alcohol in Excess
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Kidney Problems
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Insect Bites
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Flying for long periods of time
Help for Swollen Feet
Very often we tend to neglect our feet but during pregnancy, it is very important to maintain foot health. Rest your feet throughout the day and try to keep them elevated to reduce the swelling Keep in mind that although you should reduce your activities and take regular breaks. It is still vital that you remain active and walking and swimming are gentle forms of exercise that will not place undue stress on the body.

Treat your feet gently by choosing proper-fitting footwear that will accommodate swelling feet. Wear shoes that are comfortable and have Velcro, laces or an arch support. Consult a podiatrist about insoles or orthotic devices to treat foot conditions such as over-pronation, edema, plantar fasciitis or bunions.

Orthotics are designed to provide extra support, shock absorption, cushioning and protection. Avoid using any topical medications on your feet during pregnancy unless it has been prescribed by your doctor. To keep feet feeling cool and refreshed, immerse feet in a tub of warm, salt water and then apply cooling foot gel. Having regular foot massages or pedicures can also relieve fatigue and rejuvenate the mind and soul – the perfect pamper treatment for any mum-to-be!

During pregnancy feet often need special attention and tender care. Carrying all that extra weight around can wreck havoc to your feet and bring about foot problems you wish you had never had. Soothing tired, sore, achy feet can easily be relieved by using carefully selected aromatherapy oils in a footbath or as massage oil.
Best of all, these oils will provide you with an instant pick-me-up leaving you feeling invigorated and refreshed. Pure essential oils such as Litsea cubeba and Grapefruit (Citrus paradise) have excellent anti-inflammatory and calming properties and also treat swelling water retention, fatigue and insomnia. In addition, Ginger essential oil acts as a pain, eases aches and cramps also improves circulation.

Tips to Help Soothe Swollen Feet
There are a number of things that you can do to ease swollen feet during pregnancy and prevent further foot problems and these include:

  • Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet to relieve the pressure
  • Stretch and flex your feet when you are sitting down
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and avoid wearing high-heeled or tight shoes while you are pregnancy as they will constrict circulation
  • Exercise regularly to ensure optimum health – practice walking every day
  • Shop for shoes towards the end of the day as feet tend to swell as the day progresses
  • Measure your feet often throughout your pregnancy as they will change in size
  • If you suffer from over-pronation, use custom-made inserts in your shoes
  • Wear compression hosiery to keep the pressure from fluids down
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation
  • Eat healthy, well balanced meals and avoid foods high in salt that can cause water retention
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated, reduce swelling and improve circulation
  • Have a relaxing foot massage to soothe swollen feet and stimulate circulation
  • Soaking your feet in tonic water can help relieve swelling
 
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