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Aching feet and blisters continued...

When feet are swollen, forcing them into pre-pregnancy shoes (or sometimes any shoes) can cause friction that leads to blisters. If you develop blisters or sores on your feet because of the swelling, these suggestions may help:

  • Leave the blister undisturbed if possible. Do not pop or puncture the blister. The fluid inside is generally not infected and helps protect the skin beneath.
  • If the blister pops, leave the top skin in place. The top skin of a blister helps protect the skin beneath. It will eventually dry out and fall off on its own.
  • Apply a bandage. A bandage, sometimes called moleskin, may be cut to resemble a doughnut the size of your blister. This type of bandage protects the blister from contact and helps it heal faster. They are available at most drug stores and pharmacies.

It’s best to try to prevent blisters from forming in the first place. Try these ideas for avoiding blisters and foot sores:

  • Wear shoes that are large enough or that stretch to accommodate swollen feet. Shoes should be supportive and comfortable.
  • When possible, wear socks that are soft and absorbent.
  • Try rubbing petroleum jelly such as Vaseline on areas of the foot that seem to blister more often.

Ordinary Aches and Pains

During pregnancy, you may still suffer from everyday aches and pains. However, you may need to treat them differently now for your baby's sake. Speak with your doctor before using any OTC remedies (including pain relievers, supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies). In general, avoid any drugs during the first trimester except those prescribed or recommended by your doctor.

Most doctors recommend regular-strength acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve minor aches and pains. OTC medications to avoid during pregnancy include:

  • Aspirin. Research has suggested that aspirin may cause birth defects, low birth weight, and delivery complications.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). These medications, including aspirin, are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They may cause heart defects and delivery problems, especially if taken during the third trimester.
  • Drugs labeled extra strength, maximum strength, or long-acting. As the label suggests, these are more potent per dose, and more is not always better, especially during pregnancy.
  • Multi-symptom medicines. Ask your doctor and take the medication that treats only the symptom you have. Speak to your doctor if you feel like you need more than one medication.