When pregnant, you are carrying a lot more weight around on those poor feet of yours. In fact, your feet may change size and shape considerably – even the way you walk can change as you get bigger and your centre of gravity changes. Many pregnant women complain of swollen feet and ankles, which can be caused by these changes in weight bearing and carrying. The added tension can cause problems like bunions, tendonitis, ingrown toenails and other inflammatory conditions. Seeing a podiatrist is good idea if you have tried and failed to remedy your issues on your own, and suffering considerably from pain in your feet. A podiatrist is able to help identify where the issue originates, treat associated foot problems, prescribe support hose and orthotics if need be.
Many pregnant women complain of swollen feet and ankles, which can be caused by these changes in weight bearing and carrying. The added tension can cause problems like bunions, tendonitis, ingrown toenails and other inflammatory conditions.
Osteopathy can be a great help to pregnant women, easing some of the discomforts of pregnancy and preparing the body for labour. Gentle osteopathic treatments are safe during pregnancy and may be able to alleviate some of the aches and pains associated with carrying extra weight, changes in weight-bearing, and even the hormonal changes that affect things like softening ligaments. They may treat problems like back pain, sciatic pain, pelvic girdle pain, neck/shoulder/upper back pain, insomnia, swelling, shortness of breath and heartburn. Aside from relieving pain, treatment may improve flexibility, reducing the likelihood of injuries and prepare the body for childbirth.
Accuro Health Insurance have a natural health care module that you can add on to your health insurance plan. This will cover consultations with physiotherapists, podiatrists, naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists and nutritionists up to $45 per visit, up to $200 per policy year. They also have cover for chiropractor and osteopath visits up to $45 per visit, up to $240 per policy year. They don’t have preferred providers, they just need to be registered to the relevant national association. So you can go and see whoever you like! See the Accuro website for more details. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their KidSmart health insurance to find out how you can get 6 months free health insurance for your child.
Hannah Schenker is a freelance writer, editor and regular contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She lives with a touch of magic in Golden Bay, New Zealand.