Pregnancy relaxes all ligaments, your feet and ankles
included. You will experience feet changes especially
from the middle of the second trimester onwards. Pregnancy
causes overall changes in body size and structure
which will cause swollen feet in the bargain. As your
pregnant belly expands so will your feet. You may
not fit into your pre-pregnancy shoes so you may have
to buy new pairs.
The reasons for foot changes are mentioned
• fluid accumulates in your ankles and feet
which is aggravated from standing all day
• the expected loosening of ligaments that occurs
throughout your body which causes weight bearing joints
to stretch and widen and arches to fall
• extra body fat that you carry now
Comfort vs. Style
• Most feet grow by half a size larger in the
second half of pregnancy.
• For some 15% of moms-to-be this change is
• Heel pain and foot discomforts become common
• Pregnancy is not the right time to sprain
an ankle. You have to make sure you take good care
of your feet with sheer good sense and by making the
right choices. Always bear the following in mind:
Avoid shoes with high heels.
They are uncomfortable, affect your posture and possibly
give you backaches.
Wear comfortable, low-heeled footwear.
Choose styles which are made in material that allows
your skin to breathe viz soft leather or canvas. Avoid
completely flat styles as these too can affect your
balance; instead go for wide low heels of 2 inches
high or wedges. Nonskid soles make for a confident
Avoid laces and buckle styles.
As your pregnancy progresses it will become cumbersome
for you to bend down to do your shoes up. Many women
find trainers most comfortable and appropriate form
of footwear especially those with good foot and ankle
Alternate your shoes.
It is best not to wear the same pair two days in a
row but to alternate in between with another pair.
Invest in two pairs at least to allow each pair time
to breathe and dry out.
Choose cotton socks and tights
Cotton material is preferable to synthetic as they
allow skin to breathe. Make sure they are not too
tight. Ideally go barefoot as much as you can to exercise
feet muscle and improve circulation.
Shop for new pairs at the end of the day.
Feet tend to swell after the day wears out so makes
sense to shop then. Double check on size: too tight
and your feet will hurt; too loose and your safety
is in question. Choose shoes with a wider front so
your toes can fan out.
My aching Feet
Try these kind acts on your feet:
• Sock your feet in a bowl of water in the evening.
• Keep your toenails short but not too short
to cause ingrown nails later on.
• Elevate your feet often enough
• Avoid standing for long periods without breaks
• Do foot exercises such as flexing your toes,
extending your legs and then pointing your toes in
circles - rotate your whole foot and ankle.
• Treat yourself to foot massages
• Focus on comfort rather than looks when you
go for shoe shopping - you may have to sacrifice looks
• Buy plastic arch supports that fit inside
your shoes if your ankles really hurt and take that
as a cue to stay off your feet
• Flat feet are likely to feel even flatter
during the coming months - a proper time to invest
in proper-fitting orthotic inserts.