Hey, Bigfoot: Pregnancy Really Does Make Your Feet Bigger

Foot stepping

I’m sure we’ve all heard pregnant women complain that they outgrew their shoes during pregnancy. A new study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation found that pregnancy can make your feet bigger–permanently.

According to MyHealthDaily, the study, to be published this month, examined the arch height and foot length of 49 women during pregnancy and then a few months after birth. They found that 60 to 70 percent of women had a longer feet or shorter arches after pregnancy.

So why does this happen? It could be that the extra weight women carry actually flattens the arch. And the same hormones that loosen the joints for labor may also make the bones of the foot more flexible, perhaps contributing to the added length.

There are a lot of side effects of pregnancy that stick around permanently .. stretch marks, saggy breasts, mild incontinence to name a few. Frankly, this is one of the pregnancy side effects I didn’t mind as much. An excuse to buy new shoes! Yay!

However, my pregnancy with my oldest made only my left foot longer. Yeah. So now my shoes only ever fit one foot correctly. I didn’t see that one coming.

Did your feet get bigger after any of your pregnancies?

Source: MyHealthDaily on

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