A lot of women are literally walking around in fashion mogul Jessica Simpson's shoes, but there's no way this pregnant mama is getting her feet into any of the footwear with her name on it.
Poor Jessica, who is super pregnant with her third child with former NFL player Eric Johnson, posted a photo of her left foot on Instagram and honestly, just looking at it is painful.
"Any remedies?! Help!!!!" she captioned the pic of her incredibly swollen ankle and foot.
The commenters on Instagram were as shocked by Jessica's foot as she was.
"Omg Jessica call your Dr. Keep feet up lower salt intake and no heels," one wrote (although the last bit seems like it probably wouldn't be an option even if she wanted to wear them).
Calling the doctor is not a bad idea, because swelling during pregnancy can be a sign of preeclampsia, according to the Preeclampsia Foundation, which notes that "a certain amount of swelling is normal during pregnancy," but suggests that moms-to-be like Jessica watch out for "pitting edema" (which means that when you press on the skin an indentation stays for a bit) and leg discoloration.
"If you suspect this kind of edema, notify your healthcare provider. You should also put your feet up every day, but avoid sitting for extended periods of time," the foundation states on its website.
Swelling can also be related peripartum cardiomyopathy a rare kind of heart failure that can develop in the last month of pregnancy or in the first five months postpartum, but, according to the the American Heart Association, isn't easy to diagnose as the symptoms (like swollen ankles) are also symptoms of third trimester pregnancy.
So Jessica's swelling is something to watch and definitely talk to a health care provider about—but it also happens in many uncomplicated pregnancies, as a lot of her IG followers pointed out. "That happened to me with my 1st pregnancy. Lots of elevation for my feet and fluids. Watch the sodium intake. Hang in there," one mama wrote, throwing in a 💞 emoji.
Another commenter offered a funny story to put Jessica at ease: "My feet looked like this the last month of my pregnancy (if not worse) and I had normal BP and didn't have preeclampsia. I'm 5'0" and retained so much water. My OB-GYN at the time (a 65 year old man) told me that I had what he called "Fiona feet"....yep, the ogre from Shrek. Yep. 🤦🏼♀️ Needless to say, I switched doctors after my daughter was born."
Jessica Simpson's shoe collection currently includes a wedge named Shantelle, a bootie named Yvette and a stacked stiletto called the Loyren. Maybe it's time for an extra wide slipper called the Fiona.
[Updated, January 12, 2018: Added info on peripartum cardiomyopathy.]