Shoes Not Fitting?

Your belly isn’t the only part of your body that’s getting bigger these days. Most mamas-to-be also see a change in the most unexpected of places – their feet. What gives?

Pregnant woman in heelsSure, you knew you had to put your pre-pregnancy wardrobe away for a while, but you might have counted on rocking your favorite accessories and fabulous footwear to help jazz up ho-hum maternity clothes. Suddenly, you are finding that your go-to killer shoes are feeling a bit too snug and you need a bigger shoe size. What the heck is going on?

The culprits

Some foot expansion can be attributed to normal pregnancy swelling and water retention (your wedding ring might also be fitting a bit too snug now too). Pregnancy weight gain might also be the cause for larger feet. If your weight gain happened too quickly or is excessive, there might be some new fat in your feet.

There also could be another culprit for causing you to feel like Bigfoot. Relaxin, that same pregnancy hormone that’s busy loosening your ligaments and joints so baby can fit through your pelvis, can also cause the ligaments in your feet to loosen up.

Relaxin doesn’t just affect your baby-making parts – it flows throughout your whole body and can cause ligaments to loosen that you wouldn’t expect, like your tootsies. When the ligaments in your feet loosen up, the bones under them tend to spread out which can also change the shape of your arch.

So, what can you do about it?

Well, first put away those flashy stilettos (you can’t fit into them anyways) and swap out your high heels. No need to be barefoot and pregnant! Treat yourself to a shopping splurge and look for comfortable shoes with heals no more than 2-inches high. Go shopping at the end of the day when your feet are likely to be swollen to make sure they fit. Check that the shoes have nonskid soles to reduce chances of slipping. Orthotic shoe inserts can also help provide extra arch support, if needed.

Is it permanent?

Before you swap out your entire shoe collection, you might want to wait a few months after giving birth to see if your big feet go back to normal. Sometimes when the joints tighten back up and foot swelling goes down, you’ll find that your pre-pregnancy shoes fit just fine.

However there is a chance that the foot growth is permanent and you might be swapping out your old shoes for good. If nothing else, it’s a good excuse to give yourself a shopping splurge!

More about pregnancy feet:

Why do your feet get bigger during pregnancy?
Pregnancy feet that swell and grow
Soothe those aching, pregnant feet

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