The Least Instagram-able Baby Bump Ever: Pregnancy Bunions

Congratulations! It’s a B… bunion?

Bunions are a common foot problem in the U.S., affecting a quarter to a third of adults at some point in their life. Unfortunately, this incidence sky-rockets for new moms-to-be. Read on to learn what to expect (from your feet!) when you’re expecting.

Pregnancy Bunions

How do you know if you’re suffering from bunions? Take a look at your feet – you might need help from a mirror at this point! If you spot a bump on the inside of your foot, where the innermost bone of your foot meets with the big toe, it might be a bunion. It might look like a bone growth or deformity, but it’s actually just a misalignment of the bone. The head of the first metatarsal is shifting outward to form the protrusion.

A Bun in the Oven, a Pregnancy Bunion in the Shoe

There are two big reasons why pregnancy can lead to bunions. One is rapid weight gain, and the other is (you guessed it) HORMONES. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin allows bones in the pelvis to soften and spread for the baby. The catch is that relaxin affects the bones in your feet, too.  BAM Pregnancy Bunion!

Rapid weight gain from pregnancy leads to pressure and overloading on the front of your foot, making your arches unstable. The arches gradually collapse, which shifts the metatarsal bone outward.

Some bunions are mildly uncomfortable, while others can spell certain misery. Bunions can be small or large, and can be accompanied by some other nasty symptoms, like deviation of the toes, arch loss, chronic foot pain, and even pain up along the calf. Add in the natural foot swelling from water retention, and you’ve got feet in need of some serious TLC.

Pregnancy and Bunion Treatment

Nursing your Little Bunion of Joy

You’ve heard of maternity pants. Now it’s time for maternity shoes. If you’re having a hard time fitting into your shoes because of a bunion, find a shoe with a wider toe box. Try to stay off your feet and keep them elevated. You can have a foot and ankle specialist fit you for a special orthotic to support your arch and prevent further collapse. It’ll make walking around a bit more comfy, too!

UFAI, Bunion Surgery Los Angeles

The surgeons at University Foot and Ankle Institute are internationally recognized for their advancements in the treatment of  bunions. If you are suffering from bunions, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our bunion experts. Please call (877) 989-9110 or visit us at We have 9 locations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, including: Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Manhattan Beach, Valencia, West Hills, Santa Barbara, Torrance, Beverly Hills and at UCLA Medical Plaza in West Los Angeles.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


twenty − one =

  • Yelp
    Dr. Franson is the best. I wish he was an internal medicine doctor, then he could be my primary care doc. I can't believe I picked him out of the yellow pages when I was new to the area 10 years ago. Dr. Franson was...
    Moira S.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Franson is a lifesaver! I walked in with a lot of foot pain and walked out pain-free. I was expecting to get diagnosed and come back for another visit, but Dr. Franson quickly determined my condition and fixed me ...
    Amy G.
  • Yelp
    Great Dr., great office, and wonderful patient attentiveness. Would definitely recommend.
    Roxana N.
  • CustomerSure
    Your institute is one of the best!
    Hana A.
  • I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for everything you have done for me. You have truly blessed me in more ways than one.
  • Prior to surgery, snowboarding had become extremely painful with numbness, sharp pain & an overall inability to have control over my foot. This past weekend I went snowboarding & was completely amazed at how incredibl...
  • Everything was explained to me in detail and all of my questions were totally answered prior to my toenail fungus treatment. My recovery was a breeze. I could not be happier with the care or the final result. Thanks f...
  • CustomerSure
    I saw Dr. Baravarian after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. (I am runner, but foot pain was making even short runs very difficult). He was awesome, really attentive and caring. He quickly diagnosed a bone spur in...
    Chris C.
  • Yelp
    I have been truly amazed with Dr Baravarian. I had a loose piece of bone at the base of my fifth metatarsal. Got an X-ray and an MRI right there in the building before having it surgically removed yesterday. Surgery w...
    James D.
  • Yelp
    Dr. Baravarian took care of my very painful hung nail last year and I have had no problems since then. I since recommended 3 friends to him for different problems/surgeries and they are all so thankful and happy with ...
    Haleh S.
Same day appointments now available!
or call us:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center