Swelling is a natural occurrence among pregnant women especially along the feet and ankle area due to added weight out of pregnancy. Swollen feet, ankles, pregnancy are natural experiences, and there is nothing much you can do about it. Your swollen ankles and pregnancy must take its natural course as smoothly and as comfortable as possible, and to achieve this, you can try doing the following tips:
Prevention Tips for Swollen Ankles During Pregnancy
- Having swollen ankles are early pregnancy symptoms and can be uncomfortable for you and it can run all throughout the stages of pregnancy. To mitigate its effects, use special socks for pregnant women to support your ankles and bones in your feet. Wear a pair of support socks in the morning after waking up when swelling is less.
- Drink plenty of water to fight swollen ankles. Lack of water or dehydration causes the body to store extra water underneath the skin as a defense mechanism. Drinking water would make your ankles swell a little more but it will go down once the water you have taken was able to neutralize to stored fluids on your ankles.
- Elevate your ankles and wrap them with a washcloth soaked in cold water. This will sooth the swelling and inflammation and will generally make you feel better. Soak the towel in cold water every after few minutes to ensure getting enough coldness on your ankle.
- Minimize your consumption of salty foods including table salt because this could lead to swollen ankles after pregnancy. To prevent this, you should also avoid eating processed and canned foods because aside from the fact that they are high in preservatives that could be detrimental to you and your baby’s health, they are also high in salt and salty food causes fluid retention and swelling along the ankles and feet area.