Topic Overview

Some changes in your feet and ankles are normal during
pregnancy. These symptoms occur from normal
hormonal changes and increased body weight and usually
go away after delivery. Many women see a change in shoe size during pregnancy
and that may not go away later.

  • Redness and itching of the soles and palms
    frequently occur during pregnancy. These symptoms may be caused by the normal
    increase in the hormone
    estrogen. A moisturizer may provide temporary
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles may occur because of normal
    fluid buildup.
  • Foot strain, pain, and aching may be caused by
    softness (laxity) in


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017