We often have this dream of how wonderful pregnancy must be. Only to find out that the reality isn’t quite what we expected. Unfortunately, foot and leg pain is not uncommon during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester, when the baby is getting ready to make their way into the world.
Here are five of the most common foot conditions, as well as what causes them.
Increased hormones race through your body, when pregnant; leading to extra water being retained. You may feel like your shoes are trying to choke your feet but the extra water is actually very important; helping to carry oxygen and other nutrients to your young one.
The reason why some women experience leg cramps more during pregnancy than others is unknown. Some people have suggested that it may be due to water retention in the legs or the extra weight being carried around.
One of the least expected side-effects of pregnancy is feeling numbness in your legs. Surprisingly it has been estimated that as many as one-quarter of women will experience numbness in their legs during pregnancy.
While disconcerting there is usually nothing to worry about unless one leg is significantly more swollen or numb than the other. If you have any concerns you should discuss them with your midwife.
The increased pressure on your spine when pregnant can result in a sciatic nerve pain. This is a pain going down your back to your legs. Some people find this to be a sharp, stabbing pain.
Varicose veins, the purple blue lines that form on the surface of the legs. As the baby gets bigger this will put pressure on your leg veins resulting in them having to work harder. This extra work results in your body having to push the extra blood around your body. On the bright side once you have given birth, they will generally get better.
The good news is that many of the pains that occur during pregnancy will subside once your baby is born. Sometimes the easiest way to take care of your baby is by looking after yourself.