With my first pregnancy I remember having swollen feet toward the end of the pregnancy. It seemed as if none of my shoes fit properly. I was grateful for my clogs and flip flops which seemed to be the only shoes that could handle my extra wide feet! I wish I had known then what I know now. There are some great natural ways you can manage swollen feet while pregnant.
Elevate Your Feet
To help reduce swelling, be sure to sit with your feet elevated slightly above your heart for at least 20 minutes about 4 times a day. This can help to bring the blood back to your heart and out of your feet/legs.
Skip The Caffeine
Caffeine is a natural diuretic, which means it increases urination, which in turn causes dehydration. When the body is in a state of dehydration, it holds onto fluid, which can cause swelling. Rather than drinking coffee or caffeinated tea, you can opt for herbal caffeine free tea, or a coffee alternative like Teecino or Dandy Blend.
Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Soak your feet in a tub of warm water with a 2:1 water to Epsom salt ratio. So, for every cup of water, you should use ½ cup Epsom salt. I also like to add lavender EO to increase relaxation benefits. Do this nightly for continued benefits.
Dandelion and nettle are great for improving overall circulation and maintaining electrolyte balance within the body. Sipping 1-2 cups of dandelion/nettle tea a day can help to reduce overall swelling.
30 minutes of light exercise daily can be a great way to boost your circulation, making it less likely for fluids to settle in your feet/legs. You can consider gentle exercises like prenatal yoga or walking if you have not been regularly exercising before pregnancy.
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