Did your feet get BIGGER during pregnancy?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It happened to a friend of mine, but I her last trimester.  As far as I know she went back to her regular size.  Her feel only for wider, not larger.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It didn’t happen to me during either of my pregnancies, but I have heard of it happen to people I know.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was pregnant during the summer here and my feet swelled quite a lot. I bought shoes in my usual size then cried when I couldn’t squish my fat feet in them. I would say I went up around a size – half a size? I fit in my regular shoes again now though 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@MrsCherry:  There are two different ways your feet can expand during pregnancy:

– many, many women experience some degree of swelling in their feet and ankles during pregnancy, which can make your shoes feel tight and, in severe cases, cause them to not fit. That is not permanent – resting and elevating your feet usually alleviates it, and it will for sure go away after the baby is born.

– your feet can also widen/increase in size because of the hormone relaxin, which causes your ligaments to loosen in preparation for labor and birth (it’s meant to loosen your pelvic ligaments, but it affects all of them throughout your body – it’s also why pregnant women also find themselves feeling clumsy, dropping things, etc., because their joints are looser than usual.) You can’t really predict whether/how much your shoe size might change because of relaxin, but if it does, it’s permanent. Your ligaments will tighten up a bit after birth, but they don’t go all the way back to your old shoe size.

One thing you can do is invest in a pair of shoe stretchers. They can help you continue to wear the shoes you already own even if your feet do end up expanding from the relaxin.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine didn’t. I didn’t even swell this second go around like I did the 1st.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsCherry:  My feet went up in size and never went back.  I was a size 10 before, and now I am in between a size 10 and 11, depending on the brand.  Super frustrating because lots of shoes don’t come in 10.5, and it’s already hard enough to buy cute shoes for a size 10.

I also had bought a pair of $345 shoes a couple months before I got pregnant- which I can no longer wear since they don’t fit :/

 

I want another baby, but I do not want my feet to go up ANOTHER size LOL

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

 Oh- and if it matters, mine didn’t swell when I was pregnant (they did after I delivered, but for only a few days because of magnesium sulfate I had to have in the hospital)- 

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m 31 weeks pregnant right now and my feet haven’t gone up a size but they are wider.  It feels like my arches are flattening and making my feet spread. I’m not having any swelling yet.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh gosh that is terrifying! I’m already a size 10 and can hardly find cute shoes in my size as it is lol! Hopefully once I’m pregnant it won’t happen to me!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My feet got super swollen during the final weeks (thank goodness it was spring and just getting warm enough for flip-flops!) but my shoe size didn’t change.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’ve heard of this happening. Some women’s feet go back to normal, some don’t. 

I’m 30 weeks and I’ve had a few days where they look swollen but for the most part they are still the same. Still have 10 weeks to prove myself wrong though!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mine went from an 8 to a 9, then later back down to an 8.5. I am pregnant again and they are back up to a 9.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My ankles have been swelling like crazy (38 weeks), but I still fit into my shoes.

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