>Post-Pregnancy Feet and other Random Things

>So, in addition to my hair falling out and then growing back in – which are just starting to look like short bangs and not sticking up anymore – my feet grew.  A whole freaking size up.  I went from a size 6.5 to a 7.5.  And now I have to get a bunch of new shoes cuz my old shoes don’t fit anymore.  What saddens me is that I had just gotten this really cool pair of silvery Cole Haan open toed shoes right before I got preggers and now they don’t fit anymore and I’ve never had the chance to wear them!!  They’ve become my sister’s birthday gift.  *sobs*

My mom was elated that my feet grew so I had to buy new shoes..and give her my old shoes. She says her feet grew too so she can fit a size 6.5 now which was my size – pre-pregnancy.  At first she thought I had diabetes when I said my feet grew so she kept on poking her finger on my foot to see if it was just swollen but it wasn’t.  I kept on telling her that after some pregnancies, feet grow but she just chalked up my new foot size to my being fat.  Yay. 

I did some research and it’s not just the weight gain from the pregnancy.  It’s a hormone called relaxin:

I think my feet have grown. Is this possible? (Source)

Expert Answers

Jane Andersen, podiatrist

Yes. As you’re discovering, your belly isn’t the only thing that gets bigger during pregnancy! This is partly due to pregnancy weight gain and swelling from the extra fluid your body retains while you’re pregnant (called edema). To ease the swelling, soak your feet in cool water and prop them up as often as you can.

But there’s another reason that feet seem to grow during pregnancy. The aptly named pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the joints around your pelvis so your baby can make his way down the birth canal, also loosens the ligaments in your feet, causing the foot bones to spread. Your foot bones aren’t actually growing — it’s just that the ligaments that hold these 26 bones together aren’t as tight as they were.

You may notice your shoes getting a little tight as early as the second trimester, and they may continue to increase in size until late in pregnancy. While the foot swelling generally subsides within a month after delivery, any foot spreading caused by looser ligaments is permanent. I estimate that half the moms out there wear shoes a half or a whole size bigger than they wore before having babies.

The bright side, if there is one, is that you get to buy new shoes! Buy a few pairs of comfortable, roomy shoes to wear during your pregnancy, but be aware that you may have to go back for more once the swelling settles down and your shoe size stabilizes about a month after delivery. Whatever you do, don’t try to make do with your old shoes! Wearing tight shoes can aggravate bunions and cause a host of painful foot problems, ranging from ingrown toenails to corns and calluses.

Finally, since feet tend to grow with each pregnancy, you may want to hold off on those pricey Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks until you’re finished having babies.

Ugh.  I guess I should be happy my fingers weren’t affected.  I still fit my wedding and my e-ring!

My colleague recently told me about Skechers Shape-Ups. They’re like MBTs but run a little cheaper around $100-110.  I thought the price was a little steep considering what a cheapo I am these days.  A hundred buckaroos for sneakers??  I don’t have time to work out or go to the gym anymore now I have a tiny tot that takes up all of my time when I’m not at work.  Especially since he’s teething these days.  His fourth tooth (the top right one) is coming in and it’s especially painful since he’s especially fussy these days.

I bought my first pair of Skechers Shape-ups via Amazon at a whopping $90 at a size 7 but they delivered the wrong color to me and the size didn’t fit either so I returned it.  The Slickdeals alerted me to a new deal on Woman Within – if you bought 2 items, the 2nd item (the more expensive item) would be at a 50% discount! Woweee!!  So I got onto that deal and got my new Skechers for only $55, instead of a freaking $100!  I just received them and tried them on yesterday and wore them to work this morning.  It’s like walking in moon shoes and you have to get used to the rocking.  But my calves actually felt a little tired today when I got into work!  Just standing in those require you to use your muscles just to stay balanced.  So we’ll see if these work in any way.  I’m going to walk around everywhere during my lunch hour especially since it’s nice and sunny today.

On baby news, Carey slept his first full night yesterday allowing me to get continuous sleep! I did wake up several times at night just to check on him via the monitor and he was sleeping soundly  We were thinking to give him a little Tylenol last night too because he seemed to be in so much pain but in the end, he passed out soundly.  It’s makes a huge difference to get a night of continuous sleep.  I’m still tired but at least I feel somewhat refreshed. 

My baby is so smart these days.  He tells me he’s hungry or thirsty by making these lip smacking sounds. It’s so freaking adorable.  And he doesn’t make that icky face anymore when he eats his puffs – whether it’s Happy Bellies Organic Puffs or the Gerber Graduates Puffs.  I got the latter at my sister’s recommendation since that’s what her kids loved to snack on.  They have much more flavor than the Happy Bellies Organic Puffs.  I’m not sure which one Carey prefers but he’s happily munching on all 3 kinds – Happy Bellies, Gerber Graduates or even plain Cheerios!  And I started him on water in his sippy cup.  He has a little problem using some sippy cups but he’s working on it.

He started rocking on all 4s and he’ll be crawling in no time. Actually he is getting somewhere, kinda, but I can’t really call it crawling.  More like stretching and shimmying. Hehehe.  I definitely think that he’ll be full-fledged crawling by Easter!


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Just a 30-something year old mother of two little boys, who bitches, gripes, ponders & wonders about everything. View all posts by babydot74

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