When you see the pregnancy test result nobody actually tells you what lies ahead. The waves of joy are so strong that it is natural you would think you can handle anything. However in spite of what you imagine the 9 months are not exactly a serene dream.
It is true that for some pregnancy brings more complications than for others but when you are looking at the road ahead of you , you should keep in mind that annoying aspects the likes of swollen , hurting feet will be simple memories when you hold your little one in your arms.
What causes leg and feet issues when being pregnant?
The answer is progesterone. You certainly have a large quantity of this hormone running through your veins. Besides the fact that it is responsible for your body producing more blood and nurturing the life inside you progesterone is also responsible for fluid retention which is the main cause of leg and feet issues while you are pregnant.
Common leg and feet problems through pregnancy
They appear due to the lack of proper circulation, the extra weight you gain starting with the second trimester but also because of the increasing effort your body makes trying to flush out toxins both you and your baby produce.
They manifest mostly during the nighttime and they are very painful. Nobody knows exactly how to prevent them, but staying off your feet, drinking the right amount of water and taking magnesium supplements are the most common ways to make them stop. If the cramps do not stop even if you take a day of rest, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Pregnancy edema is something all pregnant women experience at one point or another of their pregnancy. The cause is the improper circulation caused by the pressure your belly puts on the main veins and arteries. Your kidneys are doing their best to clean your blood but you have to help them by hydrating properly.
Most women are told that 8 glasses of water are enough for a day but it really depends on the glass. The juice and yogurt, but also milk and water rich fruit and veggies can also count for the amount of liquid you consume. Watermelon juice or pulp is known to reduce swelling and encourage kidney activity so make sure you include it in your diet.
Pregnancy sleep is not exactly something women like to remember about their pregnancy. The growing belly, baby kicks or digestive issues are just a few of the problems messing with sleep during pregnancy. As a plus 90% of the future moms also experience restless feet while being pregnant. This issue can be described as a tingling sensation like something is crawling under your skin compelling your feet to move. This happens mostly at night and it is extremely disturbing for your sleep.
Try and sleep on your left side with your feet slightly elevated to encourage circulation. Foot baths in salty water and foot massage are known to help the issue.
If they run in your family or if you have experience them before you got pregnant you can make sure that you will see more of them during pregnancy. They are both nasty looking and painful, not to mention quite dangerous if not properly cared for. Make sure you let your doctor know about this problem so he can monitor their evolution and recommend the proper care.