Pregnant Reality Stars Also Worry About Swollen Feet

Whitney Port has switched to open sandals that accomodate her swollen pregnancy anklesFormer The Hills star Whitney Port is pregnant with her first child, and the reality star has been very vocal about hating pregnancy, even launching a YouTube vlog titled I love My Baby but Hate My Pregnancy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22MyEEtzFu8

In her most recent chronicle of pregnancy woes, Whitney posted a photo on Snapchat of her extremely swollen ankles. asking her followers for remedies. 

Why do Whitney and other women experience swollen feet during pregnancy? There are several different factors that contribute to this symptom: During pregnancy, your body naturally retains more fluid. Your growing uterus also pushes on your veins, impeding returning blood flow. Changes in hormones also can contribute to the problem.

If you experience pregnancy-related foot and ankle swelling, try taking the following steps:

  1. Stay off your feet/elevate your feet whenever you can. Lifting feet above heart level will help fluid drain and prevent swelling; conversely, standing for long periods of time, particularly in ill-fitting shoes, can make matters much, much worse.
  2. Wear compression stockings—I can help you track down a pair if you’d like.
  3. Stay active, especially with low impact activities like swimming.
  4. Sleep on your left side, with legs slightly elevated, to take pressure off your veins.

While you might think of swelling as a minor inconvenience, it can become a medical emergency if left untreated during pregnancy. If you have concerns about your pregnancy foot health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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