Will My Feet Ever Go Back To Normal?

pregnant belly and feet

An unfortunate thing happened to me after I was pregnant with my third child. After ballooning up to almost 200 pounds through a miserable, heat-wave of a summer pregnancy, I looked immensely forward to the day when I would actually be able to wear shoes again.

Except it never happened.

I eagerly watched my feet almost day-by-day after I finally gave birth, dreaming of all the footwear I could don and cute pedicures I could sport. And I'm still watching–hoping my foot's swelling will go down. 

My son will be 7 months this week and my left foot has been left rendered permanently swollen and larger than the right. 

It’s an unfortunate series of events that has left me unable to wear cute heels or even non-stretchy boots. I’ve been to the doctor several times, and an even a specialized foot doctor, who just shook his head at me. “I don’t know what to tell you,” he said, scratching his beard in wonderment. There's been talk of MRI's and some follow-up visits, but overall, there's nothing the medical world can do for me. 

According to the docs, my foot suffered “lymphatic damage,” meaning the pressure of my giant baby body and the combination of long hours on my feet at work as a nurse had damaged the small and delicate interworking of blood vessels in my foot. Translation? Goodbye cute heels for me.

I am still mourning the loss of a normal-sized foot, as well as wondering how I am ever going to buy shoes again. Do I buy a size bigger and limp around? Should I swap different sizes in the box and hope to get away with it? Will I be sequestered to a life of flip-flops forever?

I guess it’s a small price to pay for a beautiful and healthy child and one of the lower-end spectrums of pregnancy complications. 

But darn it, I’m going to miss my heels.

Did your feet go back to normal after pregnancy?

Photo credit: Flickr/Nina Matthews Photography

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Will My Feet Ever Go Back To Normal?

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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2 comments

  1. We will see. I’m struggling with the left being swollen now. At 38 weeks I feel paralyzed and disabled. Hard to walk and when I do I get these swollen feet and then I’m stuck on the couch with my feet propped up. Desperate to see the swelling go down.

  2. Amy says:

    I guess I should feel the same way. My right foot is larger than my left. I have cute heels too.

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