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Care for your feet when you're expecting
October 31, 2023

Many expectant mothers experience a growth in their feet when they are expecting, resulting in a significant increase in their shoe size. We shall also look at how to care for your feet when you’re expecting.

Feet Size during Pregnancy

While some expansion of the feet can be attributed to the normal fluid retention and swelling of pregnancy. It could also be because of a substantial or quick weight gain. Another major reason is Relaxin, a pregnancy hormone which is responsible for loosening the ligaments and joints around your pelvis so your baby can fit through.

This hormone doesn’t discriminate between the ligaments of the pelvis from the ligaments in your feet. So, when the ligaments in the feet are loosened, the bones under them tend to spread slightly, resulting in a half or whole shoe-size increase for many women.

Mostly, the joints will tighten back up again after delivery, but it is also possible that your feet will be permanently larger.

Tips & Tricks

In the mean time, you could try doing any of these to ease your swelling and pain of your feet.

  1. Take periodic breaks if you are sitting or standing. If you have been sitting, get up and if you have been standing, have a seat.
  2. Have an exercise routine. Walking regularly can boost up your circulation. Swimming and mild aerobics can also help tackle your swelling. Yoga postures like Vajrasana can really help relieve swelling and pain from your feet.
  3. Elevate your feet when you are sitting.
  4. Lie down on your side when resting or sleeping which can help in efficient waste elimination by the kidneys and reduce swelling.
  5. Choose comfortable footwear over fashionable ones. You may also use soft slippers especially for home to reduce discomfort or pain.
  6. Keep yourself hydrated to reduce the swelling. The more water you drink, the less you retain.
  7. Salt restriction can also help in reducing swelling.

When the swelling is more than mild, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

Content Source from “What to Expect when you are Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

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