We know your body goes through many changes during the nine-month stretch but we’re always here to help. If you’re experiencing swollen legs during pregnancy, here’s our 101 guide on why it happens and how you can help treat the swelling…
From puffy pins to swollen ankles, it is very normal to experience swelling in your legs as you go through the trimesters of pregnancy. If it’s making you feel uncomfortable or a little self-conscious, it may be a good idea to read up about it just so you understand it better!
Why do your legs swell during pregnancy?
As you grow your baby, your body carries more water than it usually would. This excess water tends to drain into the lower parts of your body which can cause your legs in particular to look larger than usual. Further swelling can happen if you’re stood up for a long time or if the weather is super hot. The circulation of blood in your legs can also be affected by the heaviness of your growing bump – this can cause fluid to build up in your legs and ankles. This obviously usually happens in the second half of your pregnancy when your bump is bigger. Healthline Parenthood explains that this extra blood flow and fluid is actually helping your body prepare for birth, so if you’re feeling a little down about your swollen legs, know that it’s just all part of the process and in a way, it’s helping to protect you and your baby.
Are swollen legs dangerous during pregnancy?
It’s important that you don’t worry if you’re experiencing a little puffiness in your pins. According to the NHS, it’s completely normal to experience swelling during the nine-month stretch, especially in your fingers, feet, ankles, and legs. Swelling that occurs gradually is very common and usually isn’t harmful however (we know, Mama) it can be pretty uncomfortable! If you experience swelling very suddenly, it’s best to let your midwife or GP know, just to be on the safe side for you and your little baba.
How can I relieve my swollen legs during pregnancy?
There are plenty of ways in which you can help de-puff your legs to help you feel more comfortable – hurrah! Here are a few things to try:
– Take a pew: Give yourself regular breaks and make sure you’re sitting down regularly to take the weight off your feet. Standing around for long periods of time could make the swelling worse. When you do sit down for a rest, make sure your legs are elevated and propped up.
– Drink up: Make sure to drink plenty of water as this is not only generally beneficial for your body but can also help to reduce the water retention in your legs.
– Go for a walk: A little exercise each day will help to keep your circulation flowing. Go for a walk around the block or try a foot or leg exercise if you’re feeling super energetic. This 3-minute yoga class is perfect to get your legs moving.
– Support your skin: Our Lucky Legs cooling gel will soothe your swollen pins whilst moisturising and protecting the skin, helping to alleviate that tight feeling that can sometimes occur when you’re experiencing a little swelling.
So sit back, relax, and cool those pins!
Formulated with naturally cooling plant-based actives like Aloe Vera and Menthol Crystals, our Lucky Legs Cooling Gel quickly absorbs into the skin and offers instant relief for swollen pins. It is also infused with a 100% natural refreshing fragrance of peppermint and menthol essential oils to further enhance the cooling sensation. If your legs and ankles are swollen at the moment, this is your knight in cooling gel armour.