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Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Snooki have been chastised for wearing heels during pregnancy, and rightfully so. Both wearing heels and pregnancy shift a woman’s center of gravity; the resulting combination means that pregnant women are more likely to fall while wearing heels (which is exactly what happened to Snooki last year). In addition, wearing constrictive heels also worsens another problem that women suffer during pregnancy: swelling. With this in mind, I thought I’d share why this occurs and what pregnant women can do to reduce this common pregnancy problem.
Swelling in the legs and feet, (sometimes referred to as “cankles” – a combination of
“calf” and “ankles”) is a common problem during pregnancy. As women’s bodies change during pregnancy, they retain fluids. These fluids pool at the lowest point of gravity, causing the legs and feet to swell. This swelling increases as the day progresses, so pregnant women wishing to avoid swollen feet should take frequent breaks from long periods of standing. Sitting down and putting your feet up lessens the effect of gravity, and promotes the fluids to return to your body. Pregnant women (or their loved ones) can also try to massage the area, starting at the toes and moving towards the knee, to reduce swelling.
Shoe choice can also have a major effect on the amount of swelling. Pregnant women should wear comfortable, supportive shoes whenever possible. Heels are not only dangerous for pregnant women as explained above, but also can increase swelling because they can be constrictive and not allow fluids to go back to the rest of the body. Tight socks should be avoided for similar reasons; instead, compression stockings or support hose that are specially designed to return fluids to the body are available over the counter and from your doctor.
While some amount of swelling is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling can be a sign of bigger problems. If you or a pregnant loved one is concerned about feet swelling or other foot issues during pregnancy, make an appointment with any of our doctors for an examination.
ncy is a wonderful time in a mother’s life. The excitement of a new baby brings on feelings of joy and happiness….but it also brings on bodily changes, such as emotional liability, weight gain, and something very important on which I would like to educate everyone today: swelling, or edema, in the lower extremities.
Swelling in the legs during pregnancy can be caused by many different changes occurring within the human body. First of all, hormones begin spiraling out of control, and the body begins to produce and retain more fluid in general. Furthermore, a growing uterus puts increased pressure on a major vein in the body called the vena cava, which lies on the right side of the body and carries blood from the legs back to the heart. This increased pressure slows the return of blood, causing it to pool. Fluid from within the veins is then forced into the tissues of the legs, feet, and ankles. Thus, it easy to see that as the baby grows, edema worsens. It may be particularly severe for women with excess amniotic fluid or those carrying multiple babies. Edema also tends to be worse at the end of the day and during the summer months. (After reading this, it may be easier to understand whymothersare instructed to lay on their left sides usually starting in the 2nd trimester, rather than on their backs or right sides – to give the vena cava room to expand and allow uninterrupted blood flow back to Mom’s heart and Baby’s placenta.)
In certain cases, edema may be particularly severe or have a sudden onset. This could be a sign of preeclampsia or ecclampsia. Other signs of these potentially life threatening conditions include severe headaches, blurry vision, dizziness, and rapid weight gain. Protein in the urine and high blood pressure are also red flags. Swelling in only one leg with tenderness or cramping in the calf or leg muscles can be a sign of a blood clot, or DVT. All of these conditions require immediate medical attention.
If you are pregnant (or perhaps if you just so happen to be Kate, Kim, or Mrs. Tatum), here are some actions to take to avoid the incredibly uncomfortable phenomenon of excessive swelling during pregnancy:
· Elevate your feet as much as possible.
· Keep your legs uncrossed when sitting.
· Stretch your legs frequently.
· Take a short walk after sitting for a prolonged period of time to prevent blood from pooling in the legs.
· Wear comfortable, stretchy shoes.
· Wear compression stockings, which are currently ON SALE during the month of February at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care for $22.25. (These can also prevent the future formation of varicose veins.)
· Drink plenty of water. Surprisingly, this helps your body retain less water!
· Exercise regularly.
· Eat healthy foods.
So I say to all of the moms-to-be out there: kick back – or should I say kick up – your feet and enjoy this amazing time in your life!
Dr. O’Neill is proud to announce that Baby O’Neill will be coming to you live in June 2013!!