Ha! Let’s see, what do you think this post might be about?
If you guessed pregnant feet that swell like giant balloons, you’d be right.
With my first pregnancy, I was due in May and couldn’t even get my feet in Birkenstocks (Crocs didn’t exist back then)! It was terrible. With my second pregnancy, I was due in February and was far better about doing the things I needed to do to keep the swelling down. Thank heavens my doctor was so fabulous about pounding it into my brain.
Here’s what she told me.
Keep Your Feet Up: This is the perfect excuse for chillaxing as far as I’m concerned. Lay back and put your feet up. Even if you can just elevate your feet for 20 minutes, twice per day, it will make a huge difference. If you work in an office where you’re sitting most of the day, get up and walk around for those twenty minutes, twice per day … it will help get the blood flowing again.
Ditch the Heels: I know you love your heels … and the summer wedges that are out are so darn cute … but flats are the way to go. Not only will flats keep your feet comfortable and give you feet plenty of room to move, they will also help you keep sure-footing. Nothing is worse than slipping while you’re big and pregnant.
Drink Like a Fish: Water, that is. Hydration is crucial and you should be drinking eight to ten glasses each day. It seems like a lot and you’ll probably have to go pee about a hundred times, but it will help flush the toxins from your body and minimize the swelling.
photo credit: bark