I had some of the water retention go down after giving birth, so not as big as I was those last few weeks...... BUT after 2 births I'm a proper half size bigger than I was and can't fit into my pre DD1 shoes or boots at all.
I was 5.5, swelled up to 7ish I guess, I just wore flip flops the last 2 weeks!! And now I'm a permanent 6.
I went up a size at about 35 weeks. I didn't go out for about two weeks after I had baby at 37 weeks but I did put my ordinary shoes back on straight away. I didn't even realise and this thread has made me think of it! I only bought a couple of emergency pairs of pumps at the time to see me through I was lucky though and also back in my pre pregnancy clothes within a couple of weeks. I assume I was lucky with my feet to?!
After three pregnancies with awful water retention and dreadful fat feet. My feet have never returned to their pre pregnancy size, they are a little wider and a size larger. You could be lucky, and if not happy shoe shopping
I went from a 7 to about an 8.25. Utter pain in the arse as often the largest size of the shoes I want to buy pinch slightly. If I'd had dainty feet beforehand I probably wouldn't have minded. Nobody tells you about that side effect
I had great big elephant feet during my pregnancy and have gained half/one shoe size (depending on the shoe). Son is 3yo. I have just gone through boxes of dressy shoes I have had for y-e-a-r-s and thought, "hang on... damnit, they don't fit". My DSil has inherited 8 pairs of very funky shoes
I think there are two ways that your feet grow, one is swelling due to water retention. The other is the ligaments in your feet relaxing due to the relaxin in your body. I'm not sure if one or other results in permanent growth.
I was a small 5 before I had DD. I might have been a 4.5. My size 5s fitted me again once she was born, so it isn't inevitable that you won't get back to your old size.