Seven ways to help control the water retention in your legs
Water edema are a side effect of pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. They are responsible for a feeling of discomfort as the legs get heavier, the skin stretches, and the shoes do not suit anymore.
Unfortunately, there is no ultimate remedy against swollen foot. As a future mama, you have to live with it until the end of the pregnancy. However, you can use some proven methods to reduce the swelling and achieve the feeling of wellbeing. Read here which methods help.
- Put up your legs as often as possible, so that the veins can be relieved. However, this position will be quite uncomfortable in the later weeks of pregnancy because of the bigger baby belly. You can also sleep at night with the legs elevated on a pillow.
- Bathe your feet in cold water. The water retention in the legs will be reduced through the vessel constriction.
- If possible, get your legs massaged. Especially in the evening when you relax, a massage would be very helpful against the leg swelling. The best would be if your partner would do this. He can also use a good body milk which provides a good skincare and also helps against the annoying itching.
- Compression stockings are also very helpful. However, they are unpleasant if the weather is hot.
- In the office you can elevate your legs on a small stool under your desk. Avoid positions like crossed legs which impede the blood circulation.
- Avoid sitting for a longer time because this favors the water retention. Try to walk or to swim regularly in order to prevent the edema from building up in the legs.
- It is also important that you wear comfortable shoes which do not constrict your feet. You should avoid high heels during the pregnancy, as they support the water retention in the legs during the day. Besides, your body, whose balance is shifted during the pregnancy anyway, has no stability on the high heels and there is a risk of falling.