Weird Pregnancy Symptom: Sore Feet

Here’s a weird pregnancy symptom – and I’m hoping someone has a suggestion for relieving my pain! Every morning, I wake up, roll out of bed (literally – roll), and stand up on our hardwood floor…

And it’s torture. Seriously. The bottom of my feet hurt so much first thing in the morning that it sometimes brings tears to my eyes!  The sensation is in the front of my foot and, although there’s no visible swelling, it feels like the ball of each foot is angry and swollen. It’s no fun.

So, I did what any pregnant lady with a chiropractor for a father-in-law would do… I asked him for a free consult.

The verdict? There are no bones out of place in my feet. It’s too bad because that would be an easy (pop! pop!) fix.

Other possible culprits of my strange morning foot pain:

  • Weight gain – Packing on 25 pounds within a relatively short time frame is destined to put pressure on your feet.
  • The hormone relaxin – This hormone can cause your feet to widen and your ligaments to loosen, which can cause pain.
  • Edema – Changes in your blood chemistry during pregnancy can cause extra fluids to build in your tissue, particularly in the extremities.  Excessive swelling can be a sign of  preeclampsia, a serious condition, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience visible swelling.
  • Dehydration – Not drinking enough water can trigger fluid retention.

That’s all well and good, but none of these culprits really explain my mysterious pain, which only occurs first thing in the morning. Any ideas to the cause?

And, thankfully, in the meantime, our new home has carpet in the master bedroom, so I won’t be walking on hardwood floors come this weekend. Amen!

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