Is it in your imagination, or are your feet really growing?

Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, and a bigger belly is just the tip of the iceberg. When you are pregnant, there is extra fluid in your body that leads to swelling, and this is called edema. Additionally, the weight gain can also cause your feet to swell. One of the best ways to combat this swelling is by propping your feet up and soaking them in cold water as much as possible. However, swelling is not the only thing that causes your feet to grow, the hormone, relaxin, is also to blame.

How does relaxin lead to feet growth during pregnancy?

Your baby will eventually need to makes his or her way down to the birth canal, and in order for that to happen, the joints in your pelvis have to loosen up. The hormone responsible for loosening up the joints in your pelvis is called relaxin. This hormone is also responsible for the growth of your feet during pregnancy because it causes the ligaments in your feet to loosen and spread. While the swelling will go down after your baby has been born, the newly loosened and spread out ligaments will not tighten again, which is why many women have bigger feet after their babies are born than before they were pregnant.

Your body undergoes so many changes during pregnancy, and the growth of your feet is just one of them. If you have any questions or concerns about any of those changes, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our Sarasota obstetrics clinic.