Aching or heavy legs - Advice from experts
Good habits to get into
To avoid circulatory impairments during pregnancy, prevention is essential:
- If you need to, try to lose weight before getting pregnant and then limit your weight gain during pregnancy.
- Take walks or do light exercise, which boosts blood flow.
- Wear shoes with a small heel that is neither too high nor too flat (3 to 4 cm or 1 to 1.5 inches).
- Avoid tight-fitting clothes and constricting socks.
- If you suffer from any plantar arch problems, wear corrective insoles.
- In certain cases, wearing compression stockings and taking venotonics may be recommended during pregnancy, starting in the second month; ask your doctor.
If you experience the sensation of heavy legs despite these measures, try some of these tips to help ease the discomfort:
- Raise your feet from the foot of your bed.
- At the end of each shower, spray cold water over your legs in an upward motion from the ankles to the thighs.
- Avoid sources of heat (prolonged exposure to the sun, high-temperature baths, underfloor heating, etc.).
- Massage your legs every day, from the ankles to the knees, using a specific treatment cream to increase blood return and stimulate blood flow.