With baby on the way, swollen ankles can develop quite easily. Let's face the fact that swollen ankles, or cankles , are not very attractive. Being pregnant in the heat of summer can make the swelling even worse. Feet and ankle ankle can occur at any point during pregnancy, but it is most common in the third trimester.
With baby weight, your center of gravity has changed, and there is fluid retention, giving your lower extremities more pressure. This slows circulation in the extremities, making tissue swell up. The technical word for it is edema .
Here are some helpful tips to ease the pressure and swelling associated with pregnancy induced edema:
Drink plenty of water. Already a good idea for a mother-to-be, but if your body does not get enough water, it stores the H2o it does have, which could lead to water retention.
Do not sit with crossed legs. Crossing your legs can be a habit hat causes water retention by restricting the natural flow of fluids.
Go for a walk to get the blood flowing. Encourage your heart to pump blood and fluid to the upper extremities of your body with exercise.
Elevate feet whenever you can. Let gravity do the work for you. Water and fluid will not pool at your ankles as much if they are elevated.
Rest on your left side. This position helps your heart and major blood vessels circulate more blood through your body.
Avoid salt. Salt encourages your body to retain fluids. Curbing it is an easy tip to stop the bloat and fluid retention.
Move your body. When you are seated or lying down, wiggle your toes, swivel your ankles, point and flex feet – get your fluids in motion.
Soak your tired feet in cold water for 15 minutes. Add Epson Salts for added benefit.
Ask your partner for a foot massage. It will feel great and ease swelling at the same time.
Note: If you are worried about excessive swelling, talk to your doctor.