Some women may actually have larger feet after pregnancy, says a new report from researchers at the University of Iowa. For the study researchers measured the arch height and foot length of 49 women before, during and after pregnancy.
Overall, 60 to 70 percent of the women in the study had a decrease in arch height and lengthening of the foot. The average length increase was between 2 and 10 millimeters. Eleven of the women in the study reported a change large enough that they had to change show sizes.
"I heard so many women talking about having to go buy new shoes after pregnancy," said study researcher Neil Segal.
Though Segal didn't confirm any specific reason for the change in foot size, one possible explanation could be addition weight gained during pregnancy. This theory is supported by the fact that most of the women in the study who experienced a change in their foot size were fist time mothers. Those on second and third pregnancies experience little change.
by RTT Staff Writer
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