Leg and Foot Pain During Pregnancy

Leg and Foot Pain During Pregnancy

As your pregnancy progresses, new body parts begin to ache with pain. Your legs and feet tend to get tired, worn out and down right achy. Plus, the extra weight of the baby doesn’t help. Although your legs and feet hurt, there are many treatment methods you can do to help reduce or relieve the pain. But first, what’s causing this pain?

Causes of Leg and Foot Pain

There are many different causes of your leg or foot pain that can be avoided, especially if you take prevention steps early in your pregnancy. Controlling things such as poor circulation and blood flow to your lower extremities can help, or reduce the amount of pain you feel in your feet and legs during your pregnancy. Also, making sure you’re receiving the correct amount of rest throughout your pregnancy will help the levels of pain. Getting into exercise routines that are not too strenuous early on will help with the pain too. But remember, that you’re gaining weight, walking differently as the baby grows and experiencing pains all over your body that you’ve probably never experienced before. All of this will contribute to the amount of pain your body receives, especially your legs.

Unfortunately, for most moms, working is a necessity right up until the baby is born. This means long hours on the feet and long hours of pain. Other causes of your leg and feet pain can include:

  • Swelling
  • Excessive Hours Walking or Standing
  • Not Enough Rest
  • Poor Circulation
  • Poor Blood Supply
  • Cramping
  • Swollen Feet and Ankles
  • Stress

Treatment for Leg or Foot Pain

The number one thing you can do to reduce or try and avoid the pain in your legs and feet while you’re pregnant, is drink plenty of fluids and get as much rest as possible. If you must work throughout your pregnancy, try cutting one day per week out of your schedule to focus solely on rest. Elevating your legs and feet at least 6-12 inches above your heart for 15 minute increments can help with blood flow. Also, monitoring your weight can help to reduce the stress on your legs and feet. Average weight gain during your pregnancy should be in between 25-35 pounds. Anything over that can begin to cause pains in other areas of your body. And, icing and rotating your ankles can avoid swelling in them.

[Page updated November 2013]