At some point during pregnancy, practically every woman will experience edema. Edema is a scary-sounding word that, simply defined, means swelling. A pregnant woman’s body creates extra blood to nourish the baby, and as added fluid accumulates in her blood vessels, it makes sense that some would seep into the tissues causing her legs and ankles to become puffy. Gravity pulls those excess fluids down inside the body to the lower extremities, as the forward weight of pregnancy can bear down, slowing the flow of circulation back to her heart.
There are some simple, effective ways to help reduce the ache and discomfort of edema.
Prop your feet up — You can fight the effects of gravity on edema by placing your feet and legs at an incline. This forces those extra fluids back into circulation.
Move around — Extended periods of inaction can cause excess fluids to “pool up” in the feet. Exercise regularly and safely, as recommended by your health professional.
Drink water — Water helps flush out your body and carries nutrients to your baby.
Watch your caffeine — A high level of caffeine consumption can be dangerous.
Wear a maternity support belt — Pregnancy belly bands, sold by It’s You Babe, gently lift the weight of the baby without pulling down on the shoulders. This takes some of the pressure off the legs, helping to ease swelling.
If you have puffiness in your face and hands that does not go away, check it out with your health professional.
Edema usually disappears after birth, as the body rids itself of the fluid it no longer needs. But there’s no need to suffer needlessly. Use these tips to make you feel better.
During pregnancy, it’s normal to experience puffy feet and ankles. The body retains extra blood and fluids required to nourish her growing baby.. Up to twenty-five percent of weight gained during pregnancy consists of this extra fluid.
The medical term for this swelling is edema. It tends to begin around the fifth month of pregnancy, but can occur during the third trimester. This can be an uncomfortable condition, sometimes even restricting movement in the affected areas and should be reported to one’s health provider.
Sometimes the ache and discomfort of edema in the ankles and feet can be reduced by wearing a maternity belt from It’s You Babe. Recommended by health professionals, these support devices gently lift the belly off returning veins, redistribute the added weight, and promote better circulation while providing comfort and relief.
The Best Cradle is perfect for women carrying twins or triplets. Soft elastics lift the belly, relieve pelvic strain, and reduce swelling in the legs and ankles.
The Prenatal Cradle provides orthotic support for the belly and the back. This belt also helps ease the discomfort of edema by taking the weight off the legs and redistributing that baby weight bearing down in front. .
The Embracing Belly Boostier fits high nesting into the lumbar region of the back, without any kind of shoulder straps. This provides maximum lift for the abdomen and excellent respite from the effects of swelling in the ankles, legs, and feet.
The It’s You Babe selection of maternity support belts incorporates an open abdomen design, which allows the stomach area to remain cool and comfortable. Since they lie flat, they can be worn under any clothing or lingerie. It’s You Babe maternity support belts allow wearers to finally get comfort back into their lives, even during the third trimester of pregnancy!
If you are expecting and pregnancy back pain, you are in good company for back pain is a common side effect. As your body goes through many changes and your baby grows, your center of gravity shifts, placing more strain on the back muscles. This usually begins during the latter half of pregnancy. Reasons for this discomfort include weight gain, hormonal changes, and stress.
Here are some ways to deal with pregnancy back pain:
Standing — One of the best ways to alleviate this back pain is improving posture. Since the center of gravity has shifted forward with the pregnancy, the natural reaction is to lean back to help maintain balance. Remember to keep your chest high and shoulders back.
Sitting — When sitting, use a chair that supports your back or a small pillow to fortify your lower back.
Sleeping — New guidelines recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides instead of their backs. Propping with pillows and one placed between your legs with knees bent will help keep your spine in proper alignment.
Complementary therapies — Ask your medical provider before beginning any exercise program or complementary therapy. Prenatal yoga is popular for it strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and relieves stress while focusing on mindful breathing. Acupuncture and acupressure both stimulate pressure points in the body that correspond to pain centers. The same can be said for prenatal massage. Studies show that regular prenatal massage relieves pain and helps with depression and anxiety.
Maternity belts — Worn during pregnancy, maternity belts redistribute the weight around the body, relieving pain in the lower back. Belly bands also reduce discomfort during physical activity and help correct posture. Even postpartum, wearing a maternity belt like the Embracing Belly Boostier with the wide section in front can help bring together and strengthen abdominal muscles weakened during pregnancy. Remember to always consult your physician before wearing any compression devices.
Sibling Tips – Young Children May Need Special Transition Help From You
It’s exciting to bring a new addition home to the family! But if you already have a young child at home, there’s going to be a period of transition. Here are some sibling tips to help make that adaptation period easier, both before and after you bring the baby home.
Choose the timing of announcing your pregnancy to your older child carefully. Toddlers have little understanding of linear time. Months can seem like years. Give them a milestone to attach your due date to, such as, “The baby will be here the week after your birthday.”
Give your older child age-appropriate information about the pregnancy. You can expect them to ask questions, but an overdose of facts will confuse them.
Here’s one of our favorite sibling tips: involve the older sibling in preparing for the baby. Let them pick items for the nursery. Encourage them to draw pictures for their new sibling, and place it in an focal point in the room. Having them play a part of the process will help them feel grounded.
Mentally prepare your child for the arrival of a baby. Show them pictures of themselves when they were babies. Let them know that everyone was a baby at some point, and how fortunate the baby is to have them as an older brother (or sister). Read them books about being a big brother or sister. You can find a great list of helpful books here.
Set expectations for your older child about the baby’s arrival. Help them understand that there will be lots of crying and sleeping before the baby will be ready to play with them.
Affirm to your older child the important role they will play in the baby’s life. Your older child may be nervous about their role in the family after the baby arrives.
The more you can do to assure your older child that they are still loved, the smoother the transition will be. That’s at the heart of all our sibling tips today.
While you are looking over these tips aimed at supporting your family when older siblings are involved, take a look at our support page to make sure your back has the right support, too!
I like to stay fit and eat right most of the time but I found pregnancy to be a great reason to be a little lazy and eat whatever I wanted. Every once in a while, however, we have woman call us and ask where they can get our Best Cradle now! No time to order… they have a race in a couple days. And not just a 5K, these women are running marathons and ½ marathons and desperately needed something to support their tummy!
These moms-to-be have my complete and utter admiration!
So what does the doctor say about running during pregnancy?
Whether running is safe during pregnancy is hotly debated among healthcare providers but new evidence is showing that if you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy and have been a runner when you get pregnant then it’s most likely safe to continue running, however, at a less strenuous level. You need to stay in tune with your body and talk to your healthcare provider. You need to decide together what’s going to be best for you and your baby. If any unfamiliar symptoms or aches and pains present themselves while pregnant and running, talk to your doctor immediately.
Keep these things in mind if you choose to run while pregnant:
Listen to your heart, you don’t want it to beat out of control
Make sure you can continue to talk while running
Stay off uneven trails and ice to reduce risk of falling
Don’t let yourself overheat
Stay hydrated with lots of water
Wear a maternity support
For Amanda, running got a lot easier once she started wearing our Best Cradle:
My race today went great, I had a lot less discomfort than I have been having on training runs with no support. The Best Cradle alleviated most of the pressure I was feeling, and miraculously, my hemorrhoids didn’t bother me at all…just wearing the cradle for a couple days before the race really helped those heal too!! – Amanda, Ohio
It’s You Babe wants you to have a safe and comfortable pregnancy! Talk to your Healthcare Provider before continuing or starting any strenuous exercise during pregnancy.
Swollen ankles are common for pregnant moms and foot massage is often an effective form of relief when it’s coupled with other adjustments to your lifestyle during your pregnancy. Ankle swelling may also be accompanied by your shoes becoming tight. You may be “forced” to buy those new shoes you’ve been eyeing (hehehe) to accommodate the one-half to full-size increase in your shoe size especially during your third trimester.
The good news is that you have a perfectly sound medical reason to say, “Honey, would you please rub my feet?” If your hubby says he’d rather watch the football game, just wave this advice from Mayo Clinic at him.
Rarely are swollen feet and ankles a major problem during pregnancy and the condition usually subsides once your baby is born, but it’s wise to arm yourself with a full set of things you can do and signs to watch for when swelling can indicate something serious. These online resources will help:
Prenatal Cradle products by It’s You Babe helps relieve the pressure on the lower extremities any may help you reduce the amount of swelling you have in your feet and ankles. Talk with your local dealer or give us a call at 1-877-661-9682 to find out more.
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