Sunday, October 7, 2012

Easing stretch marks, swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy

Stretch marks during pregnancy: These are pink or purplish lines which usually occur on your abdomen or sometimes on your upper thighs or breasts. Some women get them, some don’t.
It depends on your skin type.
Some people’s skin is more elastic. You are more likely to get stretch marks if your weight gain is more than average. It is very doubtful whether oils or creams help to prevent stretch marks. After your baby is born, the marks should gradually pale and become less noticeable.
Swollen ankles and feet and fingers in pregnancy  
Ankles, feet and fingers often swell a little in pregnancy because your body is holding more water than usual. Towards the end of the day, especially if the weather is hot or if you have been standing a lot, the extra water tends to gather in the lowest parts of your body.
Easing swollen ankles and feet and fingers    
Avoid standing for long periods.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Put your feet up as much as you can. Try to rest for an hour a day with your feet higher than your heart.
Do foot exercises.
Oedema in pregnancy    
Another word for swelling, most often of the feet and hands. It is usually nothing to worry about, but if it gets worse suddenly it can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.  

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