I have had two children already, and with the two of them, it seems as if my shoe size have changed. before my first pregnancy I wore a size 8 and now I wear a size 10, after my last pregnancy and I’m pregnant now. What are the chances that it may go up again, and it this possible? Thanks”
It’s possible, but probably they won’t grow by much.
Feet are complicated structures, with 26 bones, 33 joints and hundreds of ligaments, muscles and tendons. During pregnancy, hormones soften muscles and connections between bones while your weight gradually increases. In the last month before delivery most women gain about a pound a week, most of it weight of the baby and fluid. Gravity pulls the extra fluid down to the feet for even more pressure on arches and joints. By the last weeks of pregnancy, foot swelling can be so extreme that you can only wear wide slip-on shoes, like clogs or slippers.
The good news is that the foot fluid will dissipate in the first few weeks postpartum, the joint softness will go back to normal and it’s unlikely that your feet will grow into an even bigger size permanently, though if you gain a lot of weight during pregnancy and spend long periods standing and walking on hard surfaces, it’s possible for your feet to get still wider. Keeping your feet elevated as much as possible in the last trimester will help, and so will wearing shoes with good arch support. Padded clogs, like the kind doctors and nurses wear, can be a good slip-on, supportive shoe for the last trimester and postpartum. By three to six months after pregnancy your feet will be the size they’ll stay.
For more on maternity fashion, see this article of clothing Best Buys.