|My feet are sore all the time and my shoes are tight, even
though I haven’t put on much weight. It was the one
area of my body that I didn’t expect to have problems
with. Is this normal?
There are a couple of reasons that your feet feel the strain
during pregnancy. The increased volume of fluid that your
body is carrying means that some swelling is not unexpected.
If you had gained a lot of weight, this can show up on your
An interesting thing is that your body is producing hormones
which loosen your joints. While this is intended to help
your pelvis open for the delivery, in fact your other joints
can also loosen. So the added weight of your pregnancy bearing
down on your softened foot bones can lead the bones to spread
apart. This effect can be permanent, and your feet could
be up to a full size larger after the pregnancy.
Try elevating your feet for a short time every day. Try
not to spend long periods of time standing. Get some comfortable
shoes that fit your larger feet – having sore feet
is such a miserable experience that it is worth investing
in shoes that will help you cope with these months of pregnancy.
The possibility exists that you feet return to their original
size, but the purchase of these new shoes will still be
money well spent! Investigate shoe inserts that help you
to be balanced and reduce leg strain. Elasticised stockings
are not glamorous, but it is worth trying a pair to see
if they reduce the swelling and discomfort. They are helpful
for some people.