Over the months of pregnancy, your legs are heavy and swollen? This is one of the most common annoyances in pregnant women. Discover our tips and tricks to relieve you and your calves find light legs.
Pregnancy: why legs are heavy?
Pregnancy has the effect of increasing blood volume, to irrigate your organs and those of your baby. Consequence: the flow increases, the traffic is complicated and tissue contact. Especially affected, the legs begin to swell.
Add to that estrogens, known to promote the onset of edema and swelling, and progesterone that dilate blood vessels, and you get a nice bazaar. Finally, to top it all, your uterus (whose weight increases too) compresses the vein that brings up blood from the lower extremities to the heart, annoying venous return.
Pregnant, how lighten her legs?
First reflex: Opt for compression stockings Recommended in case of air travel, they are not sexy, it’s true but effective. Avoid staying too long standing, which tired legs already tested. Conversely, do not let them immobile for a long time, and feel free to walk to stretch your legs.
You must find the right balance. Be aware that sport is not prohibited and that the practice of swimming, cycling or even the soft gym can relieve you. Care Side, finish your shower by passing a jet of cold water from the bottom up, starting ankle and working up to the knee. This helps decongest tissues and stimulate blood circulation. Similarly, do not hesitate to regularly massage your legs.
More generally, avoid the heat that affects the good blood circulation. Underfloor heating is not ideal if you are pregnant. Similarly, if you are addicted to hair removal with hot wax, better to go to the warm or cold wax or razor during pregnancy.
At night, think about slipping a pillow under your legs. Sleeping legs elevated help improve circulation. Finally, the supply side, better to refrain from eating spicy foods, which dilate blood vessels. Instead, fill your plate with fruits and vegetable diuretic that will help you fight against water retention. Tomato, watermelon, melon, orange, cucumber, zucchini, peppers, they are your allies to relieve you.