(Actually, this could very well be a during-pregnancy, pms-bloating, and/or living-without-anyone-to-massage-your-feet tip.)
Anyway, it is very helpful to elevate your feet for 10 minutes or so before and after sleeping. You can tell when I haven’t done this because it makes me a grumpy whineykins.
-The veins in women’s legs are under a lot of pressure, which of why varicose veins are so common. Now, I think varicose veins are actually kind of incredibly beautiful, but if you don’t want them this helps keep them at bay.
-During pregnancy, your body holds almost 50% more blood than usual. Needless to say, this does some damage to your sweet little veins, stretching them over time. And as far as I can tell, those veins don’t have the incredible shrinking properties of your uterus. I’ve always had poor circulation, meaning my blood has a tendency to pool, but even 2 years after losing my baby-blood, I’m much more prone to pooling than I was before. My veins will likely never recover to their youthful sturdy state. This means swelling, pain and occasional discoloration in extremities; primarily feet.
-This trick plus this video can bring a little happiness to we without foot-rubbers.
(This post brought to you by my desire to just rip my swollen aching feet off of my damn body this morning.)