When Do Girls Stop Growing and Can you Keep Going?
Girls certainly drew the short straw when it comes to growth.
Unless you specifically do something about it most girls will reach their full adult height by age 14 and usually sooner.
Seeing as height can control so many faucets of your life it seems a bit unfair that something so important can be decided so young.
Girls rarely have time to act on growth promotion before the growth hormone promotion slows down and your natural growth spurts stop. Guys tend to have a little more leeway here since they’ll grow for years longer.
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
Genetics is only partly responsible for your maximum height, the other parts you get a say in.
Which means you can continue to grow if you want.
I mean you’re not going to add on 2 feet or anything. But it’s perfectly possible to add a few inches. That said going from 5’4 to 6′ is perfectly possible.
And, no, I’m not just talking about wearing a pair of heels. I mean actually increasing your natural height.
Since height makes up such a big part of your life it’s crazy to leave it to luck. The studies are in folks. Tall girls typically do better in relationships, in the workplace and are generally happier life. (The link above actually has the study done it’s pretty scary stuff).
Of course it’s not just height.
When we covered he stats on when does a guy stop growing it was obvious height was their main concern. Height is the only factor visible to the outside world and a lot of guys confidence can stem from it. Girls also have their breast size more or less visible to be rest of the world.
We can keep it pretty simple though.
Breasts will stop naturally developing around the same time height does. I’m not saying down to the day when you stop getting taller your breast size stops as well but it’s fairly close.
But confidence and happiness can be linked to breast size and while I’m not talking about crazy surgery or anything like that there are ways to naturally encourage your body to continue growing.
Obviously it’s a little different to encouraging height. The exercises for height growth we use won’t translate too well over to breast size. And when I say too well I mean ‘pretty much at all’.
But there are things you can do to continue natural growth whether it’s height or breast size.
The development of a human is mainly a lifelong process made of physical, emotional and behavioural changes. Enormous changes take place as both girls and boys grow. During the early stages of growth, these changes are visible from babyhood to childhood, also from childhood to adolescent and finally from adolescent to adulthood. These major stages (sometimes referred to as the Tanner stages) are milestones in a persons life. It’s funny to me how these huge changes happen so early in life but yet they can have a say in so many aspects for the rest of your life.
During growth, girls tend to grow much faster than boys even though they could have been born the same year. Typically girls will go through puberty earlier than boys. This can be noticed by their characteristic development of pubic hair, breast size and (of course) height. It’s pretty common for girls to be taller than boys at this point. Most girls will begin their puberty stage anywhere between the age of 8 to 13 years and have a spurt in their growth mostly between the age of10-14.
There are factors that can affect a person’s growth and height and which include genetics, lifestyle, and environment. However, girls will stop naturally growing in height at the end of their sexual development or puberty.This is because the female hormones and the nutrients that the body was using for growth and development of her body have come to their maximum potential.
It is common for most girls to reach their greatest growth potential mainly before menstruation sets on and once a girl start to have their periods usually between the age of twelve to thirteen years, they gain or add two to three inches of height per year. Later they reach their final height between the ages of fifteen to sixteen. But this age number can vary in different girls mostly depending on certain factors when puberty begins.
It’s not like the moment you have your period you’ll stop growing. But you can make a fair guess at your natural height at that point.
Of course the whole point of us doing this is to show you that you don’t need to settle for you otherwise natural height.
An important factor to consider is that girls can stop growing in height, but they still continue to build more bones. Their bones rather become denser, thicker and heavier at an average age of 25 years. This, in turn, is accompanied by muscle development and some girls will tend to add weight and become thicker in their mid-20s. This is natural and likely to happen regardless of what else you do it’s your bodies way of naturally preparing itself for childbirth.
There’s a couple of things you can do to promote growth naturally. We’re not talking about the crazy lengths some people go to in order to grow a little but natural ways to promote continued growth.
Of course the full guide covers things a lot more in depth but here are a few ideas if you don’t want to settle for being told when you’re going to stop growing. These mostly focus on growing taller, not developing breast size although they can indirectly help that as well.
Exercises and stretches will increase your growth and the length of your spine. Carrying out activities such as yoga, appropriate stretches, swimming, running among others as part of your daily activity will not only keep your body fit but also improve your posture and flexibility. Therefore if growth is still taking place during puberty doing these exercises will accelerate the process.
Eating a Balanced Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet with appropriate mix of foods such as proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals like calcium, zinc among other elements can help maximize the growth of your body especially during puberty. Eating these healthy meals at least three times a day or smaller meals six times a day while doing this repetitively every day, will not only keep your entire body healthy, but it will also grow substantially.
Avoiding habits that will promote stunt growth
Intake of alcohol, steroids, and cigarettes affect the growth of girls especially those at puberty stage. Keeping off from these factors will help your body to grow fully in height as well as stay healthy.
Getting enough sleep
The body of a human produces tissues at a very high rate while sleeping. Hence, the reason why growing girls should sleep up to eleven hours per night to maximize their growth potential. A longer and healthy sleep promotes healthy production of hormones needed for growth. Avoiding caffeine or caffeinated drinks that can affect your sleep is also recommended as it has the ability cause lack of sleep at night.
Practising Good Posture The spine is a very sensitive part of the body hence how a person stands can negatively affect this part and in turn affecting your height. Maintaining a proper posture that is not strenuous will help your body to grow. Even after puberty keeping a good posture is still crucial in how taller you will become.
When Do Girls Feet Stop Growing?
This is another one we get from time to time. A girls foot is basically done growing by the age of 10. Good news for parents who can stop constantly buying bigger shoes. Your shoe size might continue to increase until around age 14 but nowhere near at the same rate.
While shoe size can be an indicator of height I wouldn’t put too much stock into it. It’s a rough estimate at best. Personally I’m 6’5 and my shoe size is much, much smaller than it “should” be for my height. And my brother is shorter than I am but with size 16 feet. I know this is a sample size of two people – but still. Feet size isn’t always an indicator.