Foot Massage Reduces Edema in Pregnant Women.
Swelling, or edema, during pregnancy is normal but can leave the expectant mother feeling uncomfortable.
In new research, foot massage has been found to decrease lower-leg edema.
Should you massage swollen feet during pregnancy?
As you may know, edema – the swelling in your lower legs, ankles, and feet – is caused by the retention of fluids. To relieve edema, you have to get fluid moving through and out of the body, and massage is good at this. Massage therapy is particularly effective in late pregnancy.
How can I reduce swelling in my feet during pregnancy?
How to stop feet from swelling while pregnant:
- Avoid long periods of standing or sitting. If you’re on your feet a lot, take breaks and have a seat.
- Kick up your feet.
- Sleep on your side.
- Move it.
- Avoid too-tight elastic-top socks or stockings.
- Wear comfy shoes.
- Try support hose.
- Drink lots of water.
Is it good to massage swollen feet?
Massage can be great for swollen feet and can also promote relaxation. Massage (or have someone massage them for you!) your feet toward your heart with firm strokes and some pressure. This can help move the fluid out of the area and reduce swelling.
How can I massage my feet while pregnant?
How to give yourself a foot massage: photos
- Introductory stroke. Grasp your foot with both hands and press your thumbs slowly along the bottom of your foot from the heel to the toes.
- Toes. Rub the fleshy pad of each toe, then squeeze for 30 seconds.
- Ball, arch and heel. Using both hands, work the ball of the foot.