“Yes. As you're discovering, your belly isn't the only thing that gets bigger during pregnancy! This is partly due to pregnancy weight gain and swelling from the extra fluid your body retains while you're pregnant. But there's another reason that feet seem to grow during pregnancy. The aptly named pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the joints around your pelvis, so your baby can make his way down the birth canal, also loosens the ligaments in your feet, causing the foot bones to spread. Your foot bones aren't actually growing — it's just that the ligaments that hold these 26 bones together aren't as tight as they were. While the foot swelling generally subsides within a month after delivery, any foot spreading caused by looser ligaments is permanent. The bright side, if there is one, is that you get to buy new shoes!”Well sh$%! Really Jane? Is that the bright side? Guess what happens when you are already on the top end of the shoe scale? If your feet get bigger, there is nowhere left to go. Not even up. I shuffled in my big two-dollar flip flops down to the Tall Girl store and bought some size 11 shoes, but as Jane said, feet don’t get bigger, they get wider. Here in Canada, wide shoe widths don’t really exist. In the U.S, where Jane lives, there are several outlets that cater to wide shoe widths. But I don’t live in the U.S. My easy shoe shopping life had just become super complicated. That is, till Poppy Barley hit the scene. One morning I was watching my old former station, Global News. There, on the screen, was Kendall Barber, owner of Poppy Barley, talking all about made to measure boots. Made to Measure! Right here in Edmonton! Could this be the answer to my blistered and miserable wide feet? My first boots were the Everyday City Boot and Poppy Barley’s first heeled boots. They came in a wide width and fit like a comfortable glove. I wear them almost every day. My measurements are now in the system and I can order up a new pair of shoes whenever I need them from the comfort of my own home. I don’t even have to drag my children shopping with me. Since baby number one, I also birthed my own PR agency under my own name, Bangel PR. Suddenly meetings with clients, PR launches and promotional events demanded something more professional than my stay-at-home mom yoga pants and t-shirts. The blazers moved from the back of the closet to the front, however; my old pumps were long gone. But that’s OK, my other precious joys, Poppy Barley’s Classic Point flats, the Feminine Slipper, the new Slip-on Oxford, and the Chelsea Boot, have taken their place and are as professional and as beautiful as any patent pump I used to own. In fact, with the birth of my second daughter, I didn’t even hope that somehow my feet would magically return to their normal size ten width. In my hardworking made to measure boots and shoes I now chase a toddler, a rolling baby, and those television cameramen and reporters. I juggle a busy family life of obligations to husband, kids and clients. I make television appearances, I give PR support to local start-ups, budding entrepreneurs, other working moms like me, community groups and non-profits. I do it all, often with a small person in the wings or on my size 10 birthing hip. Everything about my new life now is complicated – but buying shoes is not. Poppy Barley footwear fits easy into my life – after all – why wouldn’t they. They’re a perfect 10!
When Pregnancy Changes the Size of Your Feet