HEALTHY FEET IN PREGNANCY
If there’s ever a time that we need to look after our bodies and general health, it’s when we know that the ‘pitter patters’ of tiny feet are on their way! Existing mums will already know the extra stress our bodies take during that 9 months and for those who are going through it for the first time – you’re about to find out!
There’s obviously a whole host of things we need to think about, but one part of our body which is often neglected is our poor feet! Even if you’ve never experienced foot problems before, it’s likely that you’ll get a few niggles… especially in the latter months.
During pregnancy, most women will put on an extra 10 to 12kg with most of this piling on after week 20. As far as our poor feet are concerned, this happens rather rapidly! In conjunction with this, our ligaments become laxer which causes the muscles and ligaments in our feet to stretch more than they’re used to. Our centre of gravity also alters which means we put more weight on the balls of our feet. All of this can lead to several different complaints...
- Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis)
- Heel spurs
- Flat feet (excessive pronation)
- Arch pain
- Pain in the balls of the feet (Metatarsalgia)
- Ankle pain
- Calf pain
- Hard skin and corns
The best way by far to tackle these body changes is to be prepared! Prevention is always a lot easier than cure and the easiest way to do this is to get into good supportive footwear early on. It’s also just as important to keep this up even after you’ve had your baby.
Top shoe tips for new mums –
- Look for shoes that have an inbuilt insole which contours your foot. This will help to hold your feet in the best possible position and prevent excessive pronation which can lead to foot pain. Strive are a good example of sandals with excellent orthotic support.
- Look for shoes that support & grip your feet so that you don’t have to clench your toes to hold them on.
- Avoid high heels. Your body weight is already being pushed forward onto your toes because of your growing bump. Heels will only accentuate this and could put you at risk of tripping or falling!
- Avoid wearing completely flat shoes with thin soles because they will not give you enough support or shock absorption.