There have been a few little things that have surprised me so far on my pregnancy journey but I never realised I would get such swollen ankles… in all honestly I thought it was an old wives tale.
Over the past week (now 30 weeks) they have been so sore and swollen.
I admit, its been a busy few weeks, and the weather has been warm, however, I need to do something about this!
I have been looking into things to do that will help me and perhaps other mums to be out there, to reduce the canckles!
So why do you get swollen ankles?
During pregnancy, the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling in the ankles and feet.
The swelling tends to get worse as a woman’s due date nears, particularly near the end of the day and during hotter weather.
To help reduce and/or prevent these annoying swollen ankles, you can try these simple steps:
- Avoid standing for long periods.
- Prop up your feet when sitting and avoid crossing your legs.
- Stretch often when sitting for long periods.
- Lie on your left side when sleeping.
- Put maternity support stockings (that go to your waist) on before getting out of bed in the morning
- Drink plenty of water. (This may sound odd, but if your body feels it is dehydrated, it will try to retain even more fluid).
- Swim or stand in a pool up to your neck.
- Exercise regularly.
- Try to stay cool in humid or hot weather.
Doesn’t sound like a lot of help does it? I may just see if my husband would like to give me a little foot rub instead!
Remember: Always call your midwife if you get really worried!