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13 Tips to Keep Your Feet Happy During Pregnancy

Pregnant women today are busy ladies. Whether you’re bouncing between work and home, or juggling the household and family duties — or both! — you are always on the go-go-go. And with the countless things we’re told to pay attention to during our pregnancies, our feet often end up being the last on our list of priorities. Naturally, we’re going to worry more about the health of the little one growing inside than we are our toes. But our feet take a beating during the nine months of pregnancy. With just a little attention, we can have happier feet. After all, they are supporting some precious cargo.

After the jump, check out 13 tips to keep your feet comfortable during pregnancy.

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  • Put Your Feet Up 1 of 13
    Put Your Feet Up
    One of the best and most obvious ways to reduce swelling in your feet is to put them up. Elevating your feet increases blood flow, improving circulation and reducing swelling. So, take the time to sit back and relax. Your feet will thank you!
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
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  • Ice Your Feet 2 of 13
    Ice Your Feet
    Icing your tootsies will not only reduce swelling, but it will also relieve discomfort. Try putting an ice pack on your feet while they are elevated to get more out of your foot-timeout.
    Source: Everyday Health
    Photo: stevendepolo
  • Swim 3 of 13
    Swim
    Swimming is a great low-impact activity that increases blood flow with pounding on your feet. Walking is another great way to increase circulation and reduce swelling.
    Source: Everyday Health
    Photo: uwdigitalcollections
  • Wear Orthotic Inserts 4 of 13
    Wear Orthotic Inserts
    Many pregnant women suffer from over-pronation, or the flattening of the arch of the foot, which often causes pain in the foot, heel, and arch. Wearing either ready-made orthotic inserts or having a pair professionally made can provide your feet with the support they need.
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
    Photo: Foot and Ankle Center of Washington
  • And Compression Stockings 5 of 13
    And Compression Stockings
    These are not the same as support pantyhose. Compression stockings, or medical-support hose, promote circulation and help veins properly do their job. And they are surprisingly not as hideous-looking as they sound.
    Source: LegSmart
    Photo: Venotrain Micro
  • Avoid Caffeine 6 of 13
    Avoid Caffeine
    And salty foods. Both are dehydrating and can impede good blood flow, leaving your lower extremities swollen.
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Get Shock-Absorbing Sneakers 7 of 13
    Get Shock-Absorbing Sneakers
    Anyway you slice it, you're carrying around more weight when you're pregnant. Your feet aren't used to this extra weight, so a good pair of shoes that are shock absorbing will make a difference in your comfort level. But be aware that, since your feet will likely change size during pregnancy, you might need more than one pair.
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Wear Seamless Socks 8 of 13
    Wear Seamless Socks
    Seamless socks don't constrict your blood flow, so they allow your blood to circulate more freely and reduce the likelihood of swelling and discomfort.
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
    Photo: Shop Assure
  • Stand Up Straight 9 of 13
    Stand Up Straight
    Paying attention to your posture can make a world of difference when it comes to foot comfort. Balancing your weight evenly on your feet, as well as keeping your shoulders back and your rib cage lifted, will regulate the pressure going to your feet.
    Source: BabyWorld
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Soak Your Tired Toes 10 of 13
    Soak Your Tired Toes
    Foot soaks help pregnant women manage swelling and reduce tension in the feet. Epsom-salt foot soaks are especially useful for pregnant women.
    Source: LiveSTRONG
    Photo: Betsssssy
  • Use a Foot Stool When Sitting 11 of 13
    Use a Foot Stool When Sitting
    If you're like me and have to sit for long periods of time, try using a foot stool to elevate your feet. This will help with swelling.
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
    Photo: Sit In Comfort
  • Stay Hydrated With Water 12 of 13
    Stay Hydrated With Water
    Drinking plenty of water helps ensure that you stay hydrated and retain less water, which means less swelling. And less swelling means a happier you!
    Source: Your Foot Health Network
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Get a Foot Massage 13 of 13
    Get a Foot Massage
    OK, so this one carries a bit of controversy with it. Some people claim that certain pressure points in your foot are associated with inducing labor. But others don't buy this idea at all. A foot massage will most certainly relieve pressure and get your blood flowing but check with your doctor if you're not sure whether a foot massage is a good idea for you.
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