Debunked: Foot Growth and Pregnancy
I’m going to blow your mind right now with some valuable information I learned while pregnant.
It all started around the beginning of my 2nd trimester. Fellow moms were telling me all about how their feet grew as a result of pregnancy. WELL, this was horrifying to me as the owner of an abundance of shoes. I wasn’t about to be able to afford restocking my darn shoe collection! So, I did some research, talked to some doctors and physical therapists, did some googling…here’s what I discovered:
Your feet “growing” up to half size or more as a result of pregnancy is self-inflicted by not wearing proper shoes. As you advance in your pregnancy and gain more and more weight, gravity takes its toll on your foot arches. Without proper support, your foot arch flattens. Boom. That’s how your foot “grew”.
I was able to prevent this from happening to me and thus my shoe collection is safe and usable. I did this by wearing arches constantly (in my UGG slippers, in my heels/boots, in anything I could). I never wore flat shoes that did not have arch support. I invested in a great pair of ASICS and wore those any time I could fashionably get away with it. SUCCESS! Plus the BONUS: wearing proper footwear during pregnancy REALLY helped my back.