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Relieve Pregnancy DiscomfortA big belly accompanied by big smiles! We're excited that you'll soon be experiencing the joys of parenthood. We also understand that sometimes, bigger isn't always better. During your pregnancy you may experience edema, the reason behind your big, swollen feet and ankles.

Edema and pregnancy go hand in hand. As your body begins to retain more fluid, it stores it in the tissues of your lower limbs. Also contributing to the swelling: your growing uterus places pressure on the nearby pelvic veins, which impairs the return blood from your lower limbs to your heart.

Edema and pregnancy pains are typically at their worst during the third trimester, especially in the summer months. Though this swelling is normal, there are several ways to reduce the amount of discomfort. The vein that experiences the most pressure is located on the right side of your body, so resting and laying on your left side is the best option.

It's important not to cross your legs or ankles when sitting and to elevate your feet whenever possible. If you're stuck at a desk during the day, keep a stool nearby. Be sure to stretch your legs frequently by taking short walking breaks or by simply flexing your feet and rotating your ankles. This will help to keep the blood from pooling in your lower extremities.

When it comes to shoes, wear a stretchy pair that can accommodate any swollen limbs. Avoid socks with elastic bands around the top. We suggest sporting waist-high maternity stockings, for support. Putting them on before you get out of bed in the morning will decrease the risk for pooling of blood around the ankles.

Despite what you might think, drinking water will actually help you to retain less water. Drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Walk, swim, or ride a bicycle. Water aerobics are low impact and may help reduce the swelling, especially if the water is up to your shoulders.

After your baby is delivered, the swelling will quickly disappear. As your body eliminates this excess liquid, you may make frequent trips to the bathroom and sweat more than normal. If you experience an increase in swelling or pain, contact California’s Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, or Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684 for an appointment. We will address other foot problems you may be experiencing.

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