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When a woman is pregnant, the extra weight gain combined with hormonal release relaxes certain ligaments in the body. As the foetus grows larger, the centre of gravity changes from the lower back to the front of the body, and during the later stages of pregnancy, the woman tends to turn out her feet for stability. This puts undue stress on the tendons, muscles and ligaments of the foot, which can cause problems including bunions, ingrown toenails, and other inflammatory conditions. A pregnant woman’s foot can also swell or enlarge anywhere from one to two sizes, which can also cause further discomfort. Other common complications include swelling of the legs, varicose veins, leg fatigue and cramps.
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