No more cooking! No more cleaning! Lazy Mom’s Day on Friday, September 5 gives maternal figures everywhere a chance to kick up their heels and relax. If you have swollen feet during pregnancy, this rest is a much needed chance to reduce the puffiness that’s making you crazy.

You’re going to love this tip—stay off your feet as much as you can. Watch TV, crochet a scarf, or read that bestselling book you’ve been waiting to dive into. When you stand for too long, the blood starts to pool in your lower limbs. That’s because your growing uterus puts pressure on your pelvic veins and the vena cava, which is the vein responsible for flowing blood from your lower limbs back to your heart. The pressure slows the return of blood, causing it to pool in your feet and legs.

However, too much of sedentary sitting can also be bad for you. Make sure you stretch your legs and rotate your ankles often. Once you feel like the blood is starting to pool, take a short walk.

Mothers-to-be should elevate their feet as much as they can. An ottoman, a stool, or even a short stack of books should do the trick. By elevating your legs, you relieve your feet from the excess fluid that’s built up in the tissues there.

After you’ve had your day of rest, get active again! A regular schedule of exercise—not to mention a comfortable pair of adjustable shoes—will keep swelling at bay. Drinking water, eating healthy, and passing up those potato chips will also keep the puffiness down.

Swollen feet during pregnancy isn’t fun, but it’s only temporary if you follow these home remedies. Look on the bright side, you and your partner will need all the rest you can get before the new baby arrives! If you have swelling that causes pain and lasts for multiple days, these symptoms may be a sign of something more serious. Please call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434.


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