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Wearing High Heels In Pregnancy
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Many women when they become pregnant wonder whether it is still safe to wear high heels. They don’t want to cause any harm to their baby or themselves, but many also don’t want to sacrifice their normal choice of foot wear. So can you wear high heels when you’re pregnant? Many paediatricians advise against it, as do the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists but others take a more cautious approach realising that some women are practically wedded to their high heels. However, If you want to wear high heels whilst pregnant, there are a number of different issues that you should consider and these are discussed below.

Softer Ligaments There are obviously a lot of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy. One change is that ligaments become softer especially in the lower back. During pregnancy these ligaments become softened which leads to an increased risk of them being over-stretched and damaged. Whenever we wear a pair of high heels, our whole posture changes but when pregnant this becomes even more problematic and could lead to you putting extra strain on an area that is already weakened. The impact could contribute to you suffering from lower back pain, which can be anything from mild to severe.

Changes to centre of gravity Another change to the body is that as the pregnancy progresses your centre of gravity will constantly change, which means that you will walk differently and become less steady, putting extra strain not just on the back but also the knees. This makes high heels much more difficult to manage and you potentially run the risk of having a fall. If you’re wearing high heels through your pregnancy the general advice from the Baby Centre UK is that you should switch to a lower heel after 25 weeks.

Wider feet A change that people aren’t always expecting is that feet can become wider during pregnancy. It doesn’t make sense to push your feet into shoes that don’t fit properly . Nor does it make sense to stretch some of your prized high heels. Why not keep them until after the baby is born (and hope that your feet return to their original size!)

Compromise On a day to day basis it is far more sensible to wear shoes with a smaller heel or a flat shoe (but one that offers proper support). The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist recommend a heel of 1.2 inches. However, if you still want to wear those high heel shoes then make sure that the time you spend in them each day is limited and carry round some flats to change into and give your feet a rest. And it’s probably a good idea to ditch any of those extreme high heels (5 inches and above) altogether. Yes I know some of us love them. Rachel Zoe, the stylist who is currently pregnant was recently papped wearing some very high heels and criticised in the press for doing so. You may love your high heels, but let's face it, it makes sense to compromise and minimise the strain on your knees and back.

Conclusion

So can you wear high heels in pregnancy? Yes you can, but do so with caution. Don’t wear high heels all day every day. With the potential strain on your body it’s best to save them for special occasions. After all you don’t want to take a tumble in your favourite pair of Manalos or Louboutins.


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