20.08.2015

During pregnancy feet swelling

The swelling and puffiness pregnant women often get in their hands and feet is due to the body holding on to too much fluid.
Feet swelling while pregnant can lead to a permanent growth in foot size, confirms a new study. Women often report flat feet while pregnant, a symptom that is probably caused by the extra baby weight bearing down to flatten the arches of the feet and increase feet size.
A new study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation confirms that the swelling and loss of arch height that comes with pregnancy can be permanent, with the increase in foot size lasting long after pregnancy. Segal decided to scientifically measure the feet swelling of pregnant women in the first trimester of their pregnancy, and then five months after they gave birth.
The study, supported by the American Geriatrics Society and the National Institute on Aging, included 49 pregnant women, collecting arch measurements at both time points before and after they gave birth. The results showed that for between 60 and 70 percent of the women, swelling led to longer and wider feet five months after they gave birth.
The average foot arch and arch rigidity of the women decreased markedly after they gave birth, causing a 2-10 millimeter increase in foot length and arch drop five months after being pregnant.


Aside from feet swelling, those foot problems while pregnant can include ingrown nails, corns caused by pressure from tight shoes, and bunions, which are bumps at the base of the big toe that grow with friction from shoes. In future research, Segal hopes to follow up with the 49 women in this study to see whether the changes in their feet size can lead to musculoskeletal problems like arthritis as they age. Segal expects that foot size swelling can help explain why pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing arthritis pain in their feet, knees, hips, and spines later on.
The takeaway: pregnant feet swelling can lead to a permanently larger shoe size, and it's important to wear comfortable shoes during and after pregnancy in order to avoid foot problems later in life. Swelling during pregnancy (oedema) is generally harmless, but can indicate a more serious condition. As pressure increases and circulation slows, blood becomes trapped and water is forced down to your feet and ankles. Staying active and taking regular exercise when pregnant can help to keep your circulation flowing properly. It's a common problem for women during pregnancy, but new research brings the bad news that larger shoes may be necessary long after delivery.


The study findings suggest that second, third, or later pregnancies do not alter foot size much more than it increases the first time. He plans to conduct further work on possible rehabilitation measures to prevent pregnancy-related arch drop. This fluid tends to build up in the lower parts of the body, leading to swelling in the feet. Honestly, I felt bad for her because when I was pregnant with Emma my feet stayed swollen off and on…so I knew the struggle of trying to maintain your sexiness while pregnant!
You should shop for new shoes at the end of the day to ensure a good fit even after swelling. The main thing I can recommend is staying hydrated with lots of water and elevated you legs and feet when seated.



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