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Re: Why do some women's feet grow after they have children?

Date: Mon Jan 11 17:12:19 1999
Posted By: Wendy Ingman, Grad student, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, University of Adelaide
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 912800979.Me

Dear Adrian,

Growth in some women's feet after they have children isn't actually related 
to pregnancy. It's caused by a condition called acromegaly which involves 
an increase in levels of growth hormone in the body. The fact that some 
women develop this after giving birth is coincidental.

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