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Your feet may not be your biggest priority during the 40 weeks of pregnancy in the last few months, you may not even be able to see them! Yet, you may well encounter some problems with your feet while you are expecting.

What can you do to stay comfortable? 

What will happen to your feet during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, your weight obviously increases and with that the pressure on your legs and feet does too. Sore and red feet may be the result. Many women suffer from edema or fluid retention, and the ankles are a particularly common spot for this. Joints are looser throughout your body to accommodate your growing baby, and your ankles and feet may feel the strain. As your pregnancy goes on, performing basic foot care tasks such as cutting your toenails also become more difficult. Swollen ankles and feet can make shoes fit badly, and blisters and bunions could appear. Not only are these generally a pain, but difficult access to your feet may mean you will have to ask someone else to help you.

Managing swollen feet

There is not much you can do to prevent fluid buildup in your feet throughout your pregnancy, but there are short-term relief options. To start with, try changing positions often and do not either stand or sit for long periods of time. Get that circulation going! Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated during pregnancy is important for many reasons, but it could also help keep fluid retention under control. If your old shoes feel tight (which they are bound to), do not feel guilty about buying some "maternity shoes"; high heels are not a good idea during pregnancy anyway and you deserve to be comfortable.

Other than that, just take your shoes off when you get home! Giving yourself a foot bath with soothing herbs may offer relief, and then there are cooling gels you can buy. These are generally intended for people who spend all day on their feet, like waitresses and air cabin staff. I've tried these creams during pregnancy and they're wonderful. Putting your feet up will also help. Your lower body gets an unfair share of the excess fluid flow (that includes your calves as well, and in some cases the thighs), and helping gravity a little bit lifting your feet in the air will certainly give you some relief.

Have a pedicure

Nobody likes feet with calluses, bunions, and long disgusting toenails. With that huge belly, it is probably not the best of ideas to attempt a DIY pedicure. So, go for it and get that pedicure you've been waiting for for years now. Your feet will feel and look like they are fit for a queen, and you get to spend some special time by yourself. You will not have the chance to have another pedicure at the salon for a while, unless you want to bring a squirmy newborn.

Shoes? Make 'm comfy!

Should you wear high heels or not while you are pregnant? That is subject to some debate, and many women (including me, during my first pregnancy) do wear them. There are also many reasons to opt for stylish yet comfy shoes while you are expecting, though. Your center of gravity shifts during pregnancy, making you naturally lean back a little. You are more likely to fall during pregnancy if you are wearing high heels. They can also make your already uncomfortable feet even more painful.

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