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Baby Your Post-Pregnancy Feet

You figured those extra pregnancy pounds might be hard on your feet. But now, months after giving birth, they're still bothering you. How to kick three of the most common foot problems for moms:

Swelling Postbaby, your feet are likely to be a half-size bigger. Why? The hormone progesterone stretches the ligaments in your feet as well as those in your pelvis. It's permanent, but at least it gives you an excuse to shoe shop again!

Fallen arches Progesterone can also stretch the ligaments that support the arch of your foot, changing its structure and leaving some moms with heel and arch pain. Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for orthotics, which may alleviate your pain. They're firmer than over-the-counter brands, which don't work for everyone, says New York City podiatrist Stuart Mogul, M.D.

Numbness and tingling When you were pregnant, the veins around your pelvis were compressed, limiting the blood flow from your feet -- and causing tingling or numbness. It can take as long as a year for the blood flow to return to normal in some women, but the real cause for concern is if you had gestational diabetes. Be sure to call your doctor, as this could be a sign that diabetes has returned (or hasn't been fully resolved).

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