When your body retains excess fluids, it swells. The swelling, also known as edema can affect any part of the body. During pregnancy, the feet are mostly affected. The swelling makes it harder for one to walk and fitting into your favorite shoes also becomes a trouble. Good news though is that you can relieve the swelling using simple home remedies.
Try these home remedies for swollen feet during pregnancy
However, if your swollen feet is accompanied by other symptoms such as headaches, and blurry vision, you should see a doctor as it could also be a sign of high blood pressure. To make the condition better, try these home remedies:
1. Change your shoes
You may have to drop your heels and any tight-fitting shoes. Let your feet be as comfortable as possible as your choice of shoes may worsen the condition.
2. Keep drinking water
The reason your feet swell is because of water retention. When you do not drink enough water, your body is forced to retain the little there is. As such, drinking water will help flush out the excess fluids and toxins.
3. Exercise regularly
Exercise is important during pregnancy. It’s not easy but you must try to do it regularly. You can talk to your doctor to recommend the safe workouts during pregnancy. In some cases, however, swollen feet may result from working out. So, watch out to know if your feet swell or become better after working out. But also, be moderate with your workouts.
4. Don’t be still for too long
If you stand for too long, sit for too long, the condition may get worse. Keep on changing your position from time to time. Put your feet at an elevated position, stroll around the office for some minutes to allow better blood circulation.
5. A massage always does the magic
A good massage will help you relax and it also promotes blood circulation. The excess fluids retained in your feet will also move from the location hence reducing swelling. Have someone do it if you cannot manage to do it by yourself.
6. Consume foods that are rich in potassium
Potassium deficiency leads to water retention and high blood pressure. To counter this, ensure your diet is rich in potassium. Some of the best sources of potassium include; bananas, sweet potatoes, salmon, spinach and oranges.
7. Soak your feet before bed
After work, soak your feet in warm salt water. The warm water is relaxing and it also enhances blood circulation. The salt, on the other hand, helps in reducing the inflammation and it also has relaxing properties.
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