The sadness of not seeing my feet for a few months of pregnancy was something I thought would bother me, however, this frown became upside down when I realized how scary my pregnant and swollen feet looked.
Swollen feet, extremely annoying, are a common wail for a to-be mother. During pregnancy, your feet will swell, more and more as your delivery date approaches. When you are pregnant the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling (or “edema”) in the ankles and feet. Your body accommodates the nourishment of the developing tennis ball sized being inside you by producing about 50% more blood and bodily fluids than usual. This causes water retention. The extra fluids that your body produces account for about 25% of the weight gain gained during pregnancy. Slight swelling is normal during pregnancy, however, it is imperative to keep an eye out for excessive swelling as your feet become a target area when it comes to pregnancy swelling.
The feet, as you may know, are also one of the most therapeutic zones of the body. They can either relax you or tire you out, if not taken proper care of. From the time of the discovery of your pregnancy until the time to delivery, your body will get exhausted from within, even without much physical activity. Your foot is a zone that is capable of being the exit point for all stress and tiredness. As proved by reflexology, your entire body is connected to your feet. Taking good care of your feet is extremely important as it brings well-being to the entire body through it. For a woman carrying a child, this can be a blissful feeling, and a very reasonably attainable one. We, at Tjori, have targeted two birds with one stone and come up with our ‘Feet Soak’, taking care of both the swelling and the fatigue that come with pregnancy. Our feet soak lets you destress with minimal effort.
This ideal feet relaxer comes with a combination of Himalayan salt, Epsom salt, and essential oils that can help flush out toxins from your skin’s cells, reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, fight muscle cramps and reduce swelling. All the problems a woman faces during her pregnancy which makes it an ideal choice at the end of a hectic day.
Here is a short list of precautions that you can take to reduce/prevent swelling.
- Keep them cool as your feet are prone to swell in the summers
- Avoid standing for long periods of time
- Avoid long days of activity
- Increase the potassium content in your diet
- Reduce caffeine intake
- Reduce the level of sodium intake
We all wish pregnancy could be as it is shown in movies or by celebrities. However, that is far from the truth and it is bound to take a toll on you, which is completely and utterly normal.