Dr Oz did a segment called Ask Dr Oz: Why Does My Body Do That? Doctor Oz answered all kinds of sensitive and even awkward questions about our bodies from Why Do My Feet Tingle After Exercise to Why Do We Sneeze to Why Do I Pee At Night to Why Does Pregnancy Make Your Feet Grow?
Dr Oz: Why Do Feet Grow During Pregnancy?
Dr Oz’s next question came from The Bump, which is a great online resource for expectant women and first time moms. The lady wrote to Dr Oz and asked why her ankles and feet were so swollen during pregnancy, and now her son is already 8 months old but her feet are still much larger.
Dr Oz: Relaxin Hormone
Dr Oz said that during pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called the Relaxin Hormone. If you look at the anatomy of a foot, you will see that the bones in your foot are help together by ligaments and tendons. The Relaxin Hormone releases the ligaments and cause your feet to swell and change size. Dr Oz said that sometimes your feet will go back to their normal size after pregnancy, but other times they will stay stretched out and bigger. The good news is that Dr Oz said it is not a serious condition if your feet do not go back to their original size from before you got pregnant.
Dr Oz: How to Avoid Swollen Feet During Pregnancy
Dr Oz gave a couple of tips for keeping your feet from stretching out and getting swollen while you are pregnant:
– Avoid standing on your feet too much when you are pregnant, because this will make your feet get more stretched out
– When your feet are swollen, lift them above the level of your heart and that will help the swelling to go down