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Is it possible for your feet to grow during pregnancy?

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Dr. Braden Richmond
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Yes: Due to gravity and hormones, the joints of the foot relax, and the spaces between the joints may grow. This, along with fluid retention normal in pregnancy, can certainly make your feet bigger, and make them require larger shoes. Not all of the joint expansion may go away after delivery, and some women will have to move up a shoe size after a pregnancy.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Not grow like a child but, do to a chemical in pregnant women ligaments can stretch . I have seen women change shoe size when pregnant.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Foot size: Can change. The foot can widen., and the person may require a larger size shoe. (i never really thought about what occurs until you asked, i don't actually think the bones grow... - I am sure someone else can chime in with the answer to that....But shoe size does change.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Should I expect my feet to grow during pregnancy?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Many women notice a change in shoe size during pregnancy from swelling and after pregnancy due to actual changes in foot size and/or shape. Word to the wise: save your money and don't buy new shoes while trying to conceive (ttc).

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