Happy Feet – Manage feet issues during pregnancy

Your pregnancy may not exactly be a walk in the park. You will have a lot of bodily changes that may affect your day-to-day activities. One such change is seen in your feet.

So, what are the common issues that you face with your feet during pregnancy?

Swelling:

Edema or swelling is the most common foot issue seen in pregnant women. This is caused due to the slowing down of blood leading to fluid retention in the tissue, further leading to swelling.

VARICOSE veins:

Varicose veins are seen as blueish-purple prominent veins on the legs. This is due to weakened or defective valves caused by familial history, being overweight or prolonged standing.

Cramps:

Leg cramps in the calf muscles generally start in the second trimester. The weight gain and swelling could be the main factor. Other causes could be because of deficiency of calcium and phosphorus in the diet.

Flat foot:

Over-pronation or flat foot is a condition in which the normal arch on the undersurface of the foot is absent with the foot being totally flat, leading to difficulties while walking.

So, how to keep your feet happy?

  1. Maintain your optimum weight:  Track your weight on Savika and see that is within the recommended range.
  2. Track your food:  A moment on the lips, forever on the hips. So, try to refrain from eating extra! Once gained, those extra kgs are the hardest to lose.
  3. Move around: This is essential to help you stay healthy and active. Speak to your doctor and see what exercises you can do based on how far you are due.
  4. Hydrate yourself: Keep yourself hydrated at all times, it not only helps you stay healthy but combats the swelling too, if in the right amount.
  5. Stretch yourself: You are as it is stretching your schedule and life by deciding to have your baby. Now, stretch those muscles, especially the ones in your legs. This may offer them some relief from the aches and makes it easier for you to move around as well.
  6. Speak up: Any long-standing pain or uneasy feeling in your legs should be discussed with your doctor at the earliest possible.

Pain and swelling are quite common during pregnancy and is not a serious condition. If any redness or pain is noticed it may require medical intervention.  We at Savika, urge you to document your feelings and changes through these months. It may seem trivial but in the long run, you will be able to know your body and its symptoms better. Use Savika Notes in the Calendar to track these changes.

 

 

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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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