Being pregnant DOES make women"s feet bigger and the changes are permanent, say researchers

Being pregnant DOES make women's feet bigger and the changes are permanent, say researchers Study from University of Iowa found long-lasting changes to feet of pregnant women Most changes observed in first pregnanciesReport suggests the permanent change to women's feet could lead to arthritis in later life By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 14:12 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 GMT, 3 March 2013 In her shoes: A new report suggests pregnancy can result in a woman's feet becoming permanently larger The next time a pregnant woman puts her feet up, she might just notice they look a little bigger – and are likely to stay that way, according to new research which suggests having a baby can change your shoe size forever. Research from the University of Iowa has found pregnancy can permanently change the size and shape of a woman's feet. Flat feet, where the arch of the foot flattens out, are a common problem for pregnant women and is possibly caused by the extra weight and increased looseness of the joints associated with pregnancy

New mother left in agony after childbirth discovered doctors left placenta inside her for EIGHT WEEKS

Mother who was in agony after childbirth discovers doctors left placenta inside her for EIGHT WEEKS Elizabeth Hart said her doctors failed to deliver her placenta after she had daughter PoppyWas in agony for two months but said doctors at Queen's Hospital, Romford, refused to examine her when she went to A&EFinally diagnosed after saw a private gynaecologist who delivered placenta By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 15:07 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 8 February 2013 Doctors failed to spot that Elizabeth Hart had a retained placenta after she gave birth to daughter Poppy A mother has described her suffering after bungling medics left her placenta inside her – for two agonising months. Elizabeth Hart, 30, says doctors failed to spot the potentially fatal complication when she gave birth to daughter Poppy. In the eight weeks that followed, her battle with constant pain and exhaustion left her unable to breastfeed

Giving birth in hospital raises risk of new mothers bleeding to death

Giving birth in hospital raises risk of new mothers bleeding to death | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 2 December 2012 Women who choose to give birth at home are less likely to suffer from life-threatening bleeding than those who have their baby in hospital, a study has found. The report, by researchers at the University of Southampton, says reliance on drugs to speed up contractions, surgical incisions to ease delivery and emergency caesareans may be compromising the safety of women in labour Excessive bleeding after birth – Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) – is one of the main causes of childbirth-related deaths in the UK. It occurs more often in maternity units than during planned home deliveries, according to an analysis of the medical records of more than 500,000 women.