Amanda Pendolino
March 04, 2013

Foot Growth During Pregnancy May Be Permanent, Study Says

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Women have long experienced swollen feet during pregnancy, but new research says  pregnancy may actually make your feet grow — and stay that way forever.

A new study of 49 pregnant women published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation found that 60 to 70 percent of women experienced foot growth of two to 10 millimeters. Nineteen weeks after delivery, the women had retained their new foot sizes. The women also saw their arches drop.

“Pregnancy seems to be associated with a permanent loss of arch height, and the first pregnancy may be the most significant,” researchers wrote. This could explain why mothers tend to be at higher risk for arthritis.

Two millimeters of foot growth may not be enough to bump you to the next shoe size, but 10 could be. I’m already a size 11 shoe — now I’m even more scared to have kids!

Meanwhile, here’s some better pregnancy news. Another study — this one from Denmark — has found that anti-nausea drug Zofran is safe for use by pregnant women. Researchers who studied 600,000 pregnancies found no evidence of major birth-related problems, NBC News reports.

Doctors had been hesitant to prescribe the drug to pregnant women, since a small study once suggested it could raise the risk of cleft palate. But Dr. Iffath Hoskins, who specializes in high-risk pregnancy at NYU Langone Medical Center, says “it’s effective and it’s safe,” adding, “Nobody is giving you a gold star for suffering through this.”

It’s important to treat pregnancy-related nausea, since it can result in malnutrition for both mother and baby.