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Pregnancy and Foot care

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.

Beer can be good for your bones

Beer may help keep bones strong because it is a rich source of dietary silicon, which contributes tro bone mineral density, a new study has reported. However the amount of silicon apparently varies depending on the type of beer.

The factors in brewing that influence silicon levels in beer have not been extensively studied,’said study author Charles Bamforth, a professor in the food science and technology department at the University for California, Davis, in a news relase from the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study is published in the journal’s February 2010 issues. We have examined a wide range of beer styles for their silicon content and have also studied the impact of raw materials and the brewing process on the quantities of silicon that enter wort and beer’ Wort is liquid extracted from the maching process during the brewing of beer. One hundred commercial beers were tested and their silicon content ranged from 6.4 to 56.5. milligrams per litre. “Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops, which are rich in silicon, ‘Bamforth said,’ “ wheat contains less silicon than barley because it’s husk of the barley that is rich in element. While most of the silicons remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon. Nonetheless are extracted into wort, and much of this survives into beer’.