If your feet swell during pregnancy, it can be an indication that you are experiencing high blood pressure. Having said that, it is also very common for a pregnant woman whose blood pressure is just fine to have her feet swell during pregnancy. For example, during your pregnancy, if your feet are swelling primarily at the end of the day after you have walked around quite a bit, it may not mean that you have high blood pressure. In addition to this, warm weather has a tendency to cause feet and ankles to swell, whether you are pregnant or not.
If your feet are severely swelling, or if they are constantly swelling during pregnancy, you should speak with your health care provider. Your health care provider can test you for high blood pressure, and can help determine the best treatment path.
If your health care provider determines that your feet swelling doesn’t mean that you have high blood pressure, there are things that you can do to help reduce the swelling in your feet, and to comfort your swollen feet. You should try to find a way to be off of your feet for at least a few minutes several times a day. If you can do this every hour or so, it would be especially helpful. You should also try to elevate your ankles for at least a little while each day. It is often best if you are able to do this in the afternoon. If possible, you might even consider lying down for about an hour a day with your feet elevated.
There are other ways that you can help your feet swelling during pregnancy. You can use a herbal foot bath, for example. To be sure, herbal foot baths won’t eliminate the swelling itself. However, using a herbal foot bath gets you off your feet, which is beneficial. In addition, the herbs in these foot baths, such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, and yarrow can help to perk up your swollen feet.
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