A new bundle of joy is an exciting time in a mother’s life; it is also one of the busiest times, so planning ahead is a wise thing to do before the child’s eventual arrival. In the midst of preparing for the birth, one frequently ignored or forgotten detail is the extra stress placed on the lower limbs during pregnancy. This can cause a number of issues, including pain, discomfort and problems with your balance. Addressing this early enables you to be more comfortable during your pregnancy.
What can your feet expect when you’re expecting?
The most common experience is that of swelling, also known as oedema. Your body produces more blood and other bodily fluids to cater for the needs of the foetus, and the extra fluid frequently pools in the lower parts of your body due to gravity. Pregnant women may experience oedema in the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet. Slight oedema is normal during pregnancy, however, sudden swelling can be an indicator of a condition called preeclampsia (pre-eclampsia). If you experience sudden swelling, please seek immediate medical treatment.