pregnancy is a really special time for you, your mind and body are
preparing for motherhood and everything about you is changing. The body
undergoes many changes during pregnancy and women often ignore the
changes in their feet.
Did you know that many women’s feet increase in size by one or two shoe
sizes during pregnancy? This is the result of hormones being released in
the body to enable the ligaments in the birth canal to relax. Ligaments
in the feet also relax causing the feet to lengthen and widen. Many
women also suffer with foot problems during their pregnancy, due to
increased pressure exerted on their feet as a result of weight gain. The
most common conditions are Over-Pronation and Oedema, which can lead to
pain at the heel, arch and ball of the foot.
Often referred to as flat feet, Over-Pronation occurs when the arch of
the foot flattens whilst bearing extra weight. This can make walking
extremely painful and increase strain on the feet, calves and back.
Oedema can become a problem in the latter months of the pregnancy and is
also known as swelling in the feet. Feet become swollen because of the
displacement of water fluid in the body.
these tips to prevent suffering from these conditions so you can enjoy
your pregnancy to the full:
Put your feet up - wherever possible elevate your feet, if you have
to sit for extended periods of time rest your feet on a stool to elevate
Let your feet breathe – do not wear footwear or socks that
constrict your feet.
Keep on the move - regular exercise will improve your overall
health and circulation, if you have to sit for lengthy periods of time
walk about occasionally to aid circulation.
Measure up – have your feet measured regularly throughout your
pregnancy as your feet are likely to grow.
Watch what you eat - avoid foods that are high in salt as these
can cause water retention
Soak it up - keep hydrated, this will actually prevent water
Cushion comforts – to prevent the pain on the heel and ball of
the foot use Kiwi Smiling Feet cushions. The transparent gel ball of
foot and heel of foot cushions will target the main areas affected by
Over-Pronation and Oedema.
swelling is normal but should you be concerned or you feel it is a
little more than it should be you should get yourself checked out by
Kiwi Smiling Feet ball of foot cushions - help to
prevent burning pain associated with wearing high-heeled shoes
(£3.29 rrp) are available nationwide at Tesco and Sainsbury’s
Kiwi Smiling Feet heel of your foot cushions - in all
types of shoe for added comfort (£3.29 rrp) are available nationwide