Changes in your feet during pregnancy

Changes in your feet during pregnancy

Pregnancy brings a lot of change to a woman’s body starting from the first month and months after their baby is born. In addition to all of these changes, women are bound to possibly gain weight during pregnancy and a study from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that a whole of 47% of women gain too much weight during the time of their pregnancy.


A result of this weight gain commonly seen in pregnant women is called over-pronation. This occurs when the foot rolls inwards and the bottom of your feet (arches) begin to flatten. Overpronation is more likely to happen during a pregnancy because of a hormone involved in pregnancy called Relaxin. Relaxin hormone takes away from the stability that sits within your plantar arch and ankle. This is playing alongside the weight gains that are seen in most pregnancies. Overpronation during pregnancy can add more painful symptoms to the mix like a strained back, difficulty walking, and stress to the calves when you walk.

In some of our recent posts, we mention the side effects of flat feet and the pain that they can bring to the plantar fascia.

Swelling of the feet

Oedema is when fluid gathers up in the tissues and cavities of the body. You know this as swelling and pregnant women who experience swelling of the feet know this all too well. During your pregnancy, your body will have a higher retention rate for which it keeps water. This comes along with higher blood pressure in your vessels all around and increased blood volume in general. Both of these play a role when you experience swelling in the feet during your pregnancy, normally seen in the latter part of your pregnancy.

With any kind of swelling comes a hot or burning sensation in the area. This isn’t any different with swollen feet during your pregnancy and should be treated just the same. The burning or warm sensation is usually seen as a product of the weight gain and swelling. Reduced swelling can be achieved by following these methods:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of the water (helps body retain fewer fluids)
  • Walking and start with shorter distances
  • Avoid compression socks
  • Stay away from fitted footwear that can bar circulation
  • Keep your feet elevated as much as possible. Even when sitting
  • A good diet with low sodium

It is worth noting that swelling feet and the associated burning that tags along with them can be linked to a greater condition besides that of natural pregnancy reasons. If you’re unsure or would just like some reassurance on some of these symptoms don’t hesitate to give your doctor a call for the full 411.

Keeping your feet happy during pregnancy

The journey of pregnancy is different for every woman and sometimes the painful foot problems mentioned above will never occur during your pregnancy. It comes down to staying healthy, keeping that good diet, the right footwear, and regularly checking in with your doctor. All around you can never be too sure especially when going through something as fragile as a pregnancy you need as much medical support and advice as you can get.

If you or a loved one is experiencing foot and ankle complications during pregnancy our team at Table Mountain Foot and Ankle is here to help. Give us a call at (303) 422-6043 or schedule online at!