Swelling Feet During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can bring with it a whole host of physical changes and one of the most common of these is swollen feet. It can be worrying when your feet start to swell, especially if this is a symptom you’ve never experienced before. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can manage and treat swollen feet during pregnancy.
What are the Causes of Swelling Feet During Pregnancy?
There are several potential causes of swollen feet during pregnancy. Some of the common ones include:
- The uterus can put pressure on the inferior vena cava, which can cause increased fluid retention in the legs, leading to swelling in the feet and ankles.
- Hormones released throughout the course of pregnancy can influence fluid retention, further adding to swelling in the feet.
- Gaining extra weight during pregnancy can also contribute to swelling in the feet.
Treatment Options for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy
Swollen feet during pregnancy may cause discomfort and discomfort, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the swelling and provide relief from the symptoms.
- Rest:Resting your feet and elevating them whenever possible will help reduce any swelling.
- Cold packs: Applying cold ice packs to the affected area several times a day will help reduce any swelling.
- Compression stockings: Wearing elasticated support stockings or tights can help to reduce swelling, and they can be bought relatively cheaply from the pharmacy.
- Moving around: Gentle exercise during the day, such as walking or swimming, can help reduce swelling. The aim is to increase your circulation and reduce foot swelling.
By following these simple steps, you can help to reduce the swelling in your feet, and ensure that you stay comfortable during the course of your pregnancy. If your swelling does not abate or it is particularly severe, be sure to speak to a medical professional for further advice.
What causes swollen feet during pregnancy?
Common causes of swollen feet during pregnancy include fluid retention, weight gain, hormone changes, and reduced circulation. Fluid retention during pregnancy typically occurs in the lower extremities and can be caused by elevated levels of progesterone, blood pressure changes, increased bodily fluids, and decreased physical activity. Weight gain also puts extra strain on the feet. Hormone changes during pregnancy can cause fluid retention and changes in blood pressure. Reduced circulation in the feet can cause swelling, which is a common condition during pregnancy due to increased pressure from the baby’s weight on the veins in the pelvis.
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