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Bigger Feet after having had a Baby?

Permalink 12/03/11 09:06, by Tikal, Categories: Babies, Parenting, Health , Tags: birth, denise van outen, edema, feet, hormones, pregnancy, shoe size, shoes

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Denise Van Outen says that since having baby Betsy last May, her feet have grown from a size 5 to size 6 and she has had to give away all her designer shoes as they simply don't fit any more!

Apparently this is not unusual for pregnant women to experience a change in the size of their feet once the baby is born. Up to 75% of women experience some change in shoe size. For most it's a half size bigger, but for some its a whole shoe size, so new foot wear is essential.

The phenomenon can be the result of edema, the way in which a mother's body retains fluid while they are pregnant. For most women, the fluids are released gradually over time, and their regular size returns within a couple of weeks. When it comes to feet it can actually be that the feet are just flatter, rather than larger.  This is down to the hormone relaxing which occurs during pregnancy in order to expand the body while the baby is growing, allowing the baby to be accommodated within the hips and ribcage...essentially it is so the baby fits in (and can get out!) of the mother's body!



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