Does Foot Size Change During Pregnancy?

Is it a fact or a myth - do the size of a woman's feet change during pregnancy?  As any pregnant woman can attest, their body undergoes numerous changes as a result of being pregnant.  Often changes in foot size don't get much attention.  When a woman goes in for her routine OBGYN visits, no one measures her feet.  So do feet really change during pregnancy?

According to Dr. Bret Ribotsky, past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, the answer is yes.  "The same hormones that are released to relax the pelvic area also loosen the ligaments in the foot.  In addition, the increased body weight of pregnancy lowers the arches, fuirther adding to the foot's length and width."

Research published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation states that overall 60 to 70 percent of women studied had longer feet after childbirth.  This change is usually only experienced by first-time mothers.  Women who have given birth to two or three children didn't experience such significant changes.

So how does a new mother know what size shoes to buy?  Watch my next blog for the answer.

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