Being pregnant is hard work. There’s so much to think about when it comes to the impending arrival of a new baby but often as mothers-to-be we completely forget about taking care of ourselves.
When you’re pregnant and spending a lot of time on your feet, it can lead to pain and swelling of your feet and legs.
Here are the best pregnancy foot care tips from podiatrists.
7 essential foot care tips for pregnancy
Put your feet up
Whenever you can, put your feet up – literally!
Keeping your feet elevated keeps the pressure off your leg veins and also promotes better blood flow around your body.
Don’t cross your legs
Crossing your legs, like standing for long periods, puts pressure on your limbs and veins.
It can cause that uncomfortable sensation of pins and needles but restricting your blood flow around your body can also cause cramping and other medical conditions.
While it’s good to rest up, it’s also good to have a healthy amount of exercise. This can simply be walking – it doesn’t have to be heart-racing, sweat-inducing exercise!
Keeping mobile and moving throughout the day, while also balancing this with some periods of rest in between is what you should try to aim for during your pregnancy.
Staying hydrated is so important when you’re expecting.
Drinking plenty of water ensures that your blood is properly hydrated. This is essential for your heart to pump efficiently. It also helps to reduce the risk of strains, cramps and circulation issues during your pregnancy.
Remember not to wait until you are thirsty to drink water – take regular sips throughout the day. If you can’t seem to remember to drink, set a timer on your phone or watch for every 30 minutes to give yourself a prompt.
Choose supportive shoes
Choosing the right shoes for your pregnancy will help your feet to stay in good shape until your baby arrives.
Avoid wearing heels or unsupportive flats for long periods of time, even if you’re used to them.
Find comfortable and supportive shoes that will cushion your feet and soles, absorbing any added pressure as you progress through your pregnancy.
Measure your feet
Many expectant mothers experience a change in their shoe size during pregnancy. Don’t panic – it’s completely normal!
If your shoes are starting to feel more snug than usual, don’t be afraid to get your feet measured to check if they’ve changed size.
If your feet have grown, speak to your podiatrist or GP about whether it’s due to swelling or something else.
Then make a date and go shoe shopping for some well-fitting and supportive shoes. If you enjoy exercising, invest in a good pair of running shoes in one size up as your feet can swell more during exercise.
After the baby is born, it could take a few months for your shoe size to return to what it used to be.
Get a foot massage
Having your feet massaged will help relieve the pressure and tension they may be holding.
It doesn’t have to be a professional one (although these can be a real treat). Ask your partner to give your feet a rub with some moisturising lotion. Just five minutes a day can make the world of difference to your feet (and you!).
If you have any concerns about your feet at all during your pregnancy, find a trusted podiatrist who can help you keep your feet looking and feeling great.