March 1, 2013

Pregnant in Heels

1 Pregnancy Changes Foot Size

Research from the U of Iowa confirms that pregnancy permanently enlarges a woman’s feet. Plus, pregnancy flattens the arch and increases looseness of the joints, perhaps leading to arthritis. IU researchers collected foot measurements of 49 pregnant women from their first trimester to 5 months after delivery and found that for 60-70% of them, their feet became wider and longer by between 2 and 10 mm. The research suggests that first pregnancies may account for most of the changes while subsequent pregnancies may not further change foot structure. "It is possible that these foot changes that occur during pregnancy may help explain why, in comparison with men, women are at higher risk for pain or arthritis in their feet, knees, hips and spines,” says researcher Neil Segal, M.D.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Literacy Levels and Teen Pregnancy Linked

Tags: Arthritis, Pregnancy, University of Iowa, Pregnancy and Foot Size, Dr. Neil Segal, Body Changes in Pregnancy

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