Foot Changes During Pregnancy

Calf swelling, cramping and pain

 Calf swelling and cramping are frequent during pregnancy. Blood flow returning from your legs back to your heart is slowed due to the increased size of the uterus and fetus. This leads to a buildup of fluid within the legs. Wearing compression stockings can help reduce swelling. Regular walking and low-impact aerobic exercise during pregnancy will also reduce swelling.

Staying properly hydrated and frequent stretching of the calves can help to reduce symptoms. Massaging the area can also provide relief. Rarely, blood clots can occur in the legs during pregnancy. Symptoms of blood clots include persistent pain, swelling, possible redness, warmth and tenderness. If you notice any of these symptoms or suspect you may have a blood clot, you should contact your healthcare provider.




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Calf swelling, cramping and pain

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