During pregnancy a woman will experience many minor and major changes throughout her body. Changes in weight, posture, balance and shape can all contribute to changes in the structure and mechanics of the foot.
So what may happen ?
Foot pain is the most obvious and common change.
- This may range from being a dull ache or lead to more serious and difficult to manage pain.
- Increases in weight may mean that your feet are not used to carrying the extra kilos and may grow tired more quickly.
- Changes in posture and balance may result in the foot changing the way in which it would normally function, and flat feet may be experienced.
- Swelling and burning sensations are also very common in pregnancy, not only due to a sudden increase in weight, but because of hormonal changes that cause a slight increase in body temperature.
- Many pregnant women report that their feet become hot and irritable as they grow tired and that this experience may cause them to stay awake, therefore adding to and prolonging the problem.
- Other changes may include an inability to care for feet in the normal way.
- Most women find that by the end of their pregnancy, they cannot reach their feet sufficiently enough to carry out nail care of to deal with hard skin.
Now is the time to treat yourself to a pampering session, such as a professional pedicure, as when the little one comes along, there may not be ample opportunity to do so.
Ways to treat your feet during Pregnancy
Comfort is so importnant during pregnancy,and good quality and comfotable footwear plays a big part in ensuring an enjoyable pregnancy. It may not be as fashionable but a lower heal or even a flat shoe is best, and choose a shoe that can expand with your feet. If the arches of your feet are suffering and seem to be `falling` it will be beneficial to try wearing shoes with a much supported arch, possibly including the use of orthotic devices or insoles to add cushioning and protection.
You should ensure that you take sufficient rest breaks during the day, and when ever possible elevate your feet to help reduce any swelling. Where possible sit down to work, also but remember to gradually reduce acativities as your pregnancy progresses so you have time to rest your feet and elevate them. It is important to stay as active as possible, walking, swimming are both excellent ways of keeping active without causing stress on the body.
Foot gels , spas and regular bathing followed by wearing open toed shoes will all help keep feet cool and refreshed .With the additional stress put on feet during pregnancy, hard skin and nails should be attended to, and it is recommended to use a professional footcare specialist.