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Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

by | February 14, 2019

In search of natural remedies for swollen feet during pregnancy? Try some of the tips provided here…

One of the most common complaints about pregnancy is swollen feet and ankles. This is particularly prominent in women who are on their feet for extended periods of time, wear uncomfortable, unsupportive shoes, or who live in a warm climate.

Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy
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Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Having swollen feet and ankles or ‘cankles’ is completely normal. Here are some natural remedies to try at home that are safe for pregnancy.

Pay Heed to your Diet.

Make sure you’re consuming enough protein, sea-salt and essential electrolytes, such as; potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These are necessary to keep you properly hydrated.

Foods high in potassium: bananas, avocado, figs, romaine lettuce, scallions, watercress, celery, blackstrap molasses, papaya, parsley, rhubarb, artichoke, carob, kiwi, prune juice, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cabbage, dill, arugula, and endive.

Try drinking nettle and dandelion tea.

Drink 1-2 cups of dandelion and nettle infused tea daily to help improve circulation and balance electrolytes in the body. This in turn can provide relief from swollen feet during pregnancy.

Drink Less Caffeine.

Caffeine is a diuretic, it increases urination, which can lead to dehydration and fluid retention. Try sipping on coconut water with a dash of sea salt.

Drink more water

Drinking more water can help you flush out excess fluids.
Your kidneys try to hold onto as much fluid as they can when they think you’re dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help your kidneys to function properly.

Put Your Feet Up.

Try to elevate your feet for about twenty minutes, three to four times a day. Prop up your feet on a pillow to relieve swelling.

Exercise

Try to get in thirty minutes of exercise every day. Even something low impact like yoga or swimming can keep the circulation flowing so that fluids don’t pool in your extremities.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a cup of water twice a day. Apple cider vinegar has potassium and can help balance electrolytes.

Lay on Your Left.

Whether you’re sleeping or just trying to take a rest, lying on your left side can help increase circulation in your body.

Epsom Salt Foot Baths.

Soak your feet in warm water and ½ cup Epsom salts. You can add some essential oils such as; lavender, rose, rosemary, or wintergreen if you wish.

NOTE: If you notice swelling coming on very quickly, and if headaches or blurry vision accompany it, please seek immediate medical attention as these can be signs of high blood pressure or preeclampsia.

Got more tips on dealing with swollen feet during pregnancy? Let me know in the comments below.


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