When everyone is cheering that the sun has finally come out, most pregnant Mamas are not so enthusiastic, with their temperatures already toasty due to their own belly of sunshine. Here are a few practical suggestions to keep mama cool and lighten heavy legs during the spring and summer months.
- Begin the morning skin brushing legs (long handled brushes are available from Hydrea) and then showering the legs with cold water. This will set the tone for improved lymphatic flow from the start of the day.
- Keep a small spray can of mineral water in the fridge to spritz feet, legs and face during the day. Evian, Avene and Vittel all offer handbag size cans that can be conveniently carried around during the day.
- Lemon essential oil is useful for inhalation during the day – it helps perk up the brain when feeling lethargic or can relieve nauseousness from the heat, and smells clean and delicious. A few drops on a tissue is a simple way to use when out (especially on the tube!) or it can be diffused at home. A drop or two can also be added to pregnancy body oil and rubbed into tired legs (but don’t apply before going into sunshine as it may irritate sensitive skin). Neal’s Yard, doTERRA and NHR organic all have lemon in their ranges. Always opt for organic oils as the pores of the fruit which hold the pockets of fragrant oil, can also hold pesticides if used.
- Use ice or frozen pea to ease swollen feet at the end of the day. Wrap a couple of bags of frozen peas in cloths (to avoid freezer burn!) and place one under each foot.
- Keep feet elevated as much as possible. Place books under the end of the mattress to raise feet whilst sleeping – pillows will inevitably be kicked out.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water, coconut water or try a Crystal infused water from the Nectar Cafè.
- Lymphatic massage of the legs and feet is of great benefit. I offer a restorative leg and foot drainage treatment at triyoga Camden using wild and organic essential oils. This can be booked on its own or forms part of my MyMama Wellbeing Program.