Additionally, you should drink plenty of water to stave off fluid retention, says Buxton, and take frequent rest breaks if you work on your feet. Your doctor or midwife may suggest additional steps toward easing foot pain such as support stockings or simple exercises to maintain your foot's flexibility.
Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Case School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, suggests the following to help alleviate foot swelling and pain:
- Lying on your left side or elevating your feet when sitting.
- Swimming and/or immersing your body in a cool bath (the water pressure on the skin reduces swelling).
- Avoiding very salty or spicy foods.
Make sure to mention concerns about your feet with your OB-GYN or midwife, who may even suggest you consult a podiatrist.
What are some ways to pamper feet during pregnancy?
For at least part of your pregnancy you may not be able to see your toes, let alone care for them. Here are some easy ways to soothe your hard-working feet:
- Ask your partner to cut your toenails.
- Rub lotion on your feet or have your partner lend a hand (and while he's at it, encourage him to give you a much-needed foot massage!)
- Enjoy a nice foot bath.
- Put up your feet and relax.