Are My Feet Going to Get Bigger During Pregnancy?

Fact or fiction? Find out if feet really grow during pregnancy.
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Updated April 26, 2017
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Hate to break it to you, but it’s no myth that moms-to-be sometimes go up as much as a full size during pregnancy.

Don’t freak out just yet, though; the good news is, not all women experience this particular side effect, so there’s still a chance you won’t either. The size change is usually due to how much fluid you retain and how much you swell while pregnant. Also, if you’ve gained a lot of weight during your pregnancy, some of it might be going to your feet (hey, no place is safe!).

But calm yourself with this thought: After you give birth, the swelling will likely go down and your feet will shrink to their normal size—especially once you get back to your prebaby weight. If not, it’s just an excuse to buy new shoes.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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