When you’re about to become a mother, you need to take care of every inch of your body. That includes your feet! Here are some top tips to help you keep your feet healthy and pain-free.
Choose shoes that are comfortable
It should go without saying, but many women wear unsuitable shoes during pregnancy. As you reach your third trimester, you’re likely to find that your feet (and even ankles) start to swell fast.
If you’re not snappy enough about getting some larger, more comfortable shoes, you may encounter pain, discomfort, and even skin irritation. You can opt for special maternity footwear or simply go for a larger sized shoe or a ‘wide-fit’ option. Simple.
Treat blisters and injuries fast
When you’re pregnant, you need to be super fast about treating any foot ailments that come your way. Once you start to gain weight and swell, you could find that these seemingly unimportant injuries cause the skin on your feet to crack and even break open.
Should you tend to suffer from blisters or other common foot complaints, invest in low-cost bandages and padding (like moleskin) to help prevent discomfort and protect your feet. The sooner you treat these issues, the better!
Use ice to take down swelling
As soon as your feet start to swell, you may find that it’s extremely uncomfortable and irritating. Many women wonder how they can relieve this pain and take the swelling down. Using cold therapy, i.e. an ice pack, you can reduce the symptoms of swelling in a wholly natural way. Hold an ice pack wrapped in a protective barrier like a kitchen towel on your foot for 20 seconds at a time.
You should find that this technique eases the signs of inflammation and also helps to reduce any pain that you may be experiencing. You could soak your feet in a cold bath or invest in some cooling socks.
Keep yourself hydrated
Hydration is essential to your health. You may be under the impression that your hydration has nothing to do with your feet. Well, you’re wrong. The amount of water that you drink on a daily basis could have a direct impact on how much your feet swell.
When your body lacks the fluids that it needs, it tends to lead to uncomfortable swelling, according to reports from the US National Library of Medicine. Since your feet and legs may already be swollen, the last thing you want to do is exacerbate the problem.
Moisturize your feet regularly
Self-care is crucial when you’re carrying a child. You may already have a wellness regime that you follow each day, but you may want to add something new to it. Do you moisturize your feet after you’ve had a bath or a shower? If the answer is no, you may want to think about doing so.
Dry and unmoisturized feet can lead to irritation, flaking, and cracking as they swell. Moisturize your feet daily with a hydrating lotion (or ask your partner to) to keep skin nourished and supple; the gentle massage feels good and help with stress relief too!
Invest in wide-fit shoes
You’re not imagining it. During pregnancy, it’s quite likely that your feet will change size and that the arches of your feet may drop. As many women gain weight during their pregnancies, those excess pounds put a wealth of pressure on the soles of your feet.
That combined with the greater laxity of your joints during this period could result in lasting structural changes to your feet, according to research published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
The most common changes that women notice is a lower arch and a wider spreading foot. So, should you find it difficult to squeeze into your regular sized shoes, it’s time to do something about it. Many stores stock ‘wide-fit’ shoes, which have a larger sole than standard sized shoes. That way, you can be comfortable in your footwear!
Overlooking your feet when it comes to your general health is a huge mistake. When you’re carrying a child, it’s vastly important that you take good care of yourself in every possible way – from your head to your toes. Use these great tips to do just that!