Open any glossy magazine and you will notice celebrities and divas like the Kardashians and Jessica Simpson strutting their pregnant bellies in a pair of heels high enough to induce nosebleeds. Being fashionable and feeling beautiful during pregnancy is important to most women, and seeing an expecting mommy in a pair of high heels is not an uncommon sight these days.
Some women consider wearing heels in pregnancy a feat and a fashion statement, but the fancy footwear came into a cross fire by those who think it ridiculous and dangerous.
Just because celebrities are doing this, does it mean you have to? Is it even safe to wear high heels in pregnancy? Many women have grown accustomed to their stilettos before getting pregnant, but as your body is changing to accommodate the growing life inside you, wearing high heels can be extremely uncomfortable at best.
What happens if you do wear high heels in pregnancy?
For starters, your feet will be begging you for mercy. Wearing high heels when you are expecting poses no danger to your baby – not directly. However, the biggest risk you’re facing is falling over, and that can have severe repercussions to the wellbeing of your little one.
There is a very real possibility that you will fall from your stilettos once or twice before pregnancy, and that risk will increase considerably as the shape of your body changes. Because of the rather sudden increase of weight, especially in the second trimester, your center of gravity changes, so you will notice that you are not quite as steady on your feet as you once were. Just like high heels, the change in your center of gravity shifts all your weight forward, and this combined force results in an accident waiting to happen.
Pregnancy hormones like progesterone will additionally do its bit to loosen the ligaments in your lower back, hips, abdomen and legs. This means that with the strength in your legs diminished, wearing heels becomes a lot less comfortable than before. The added stress it will cause on your back can add extra pain and strain to your existing pregnancy aches.
Fluid retention is another culprit that will have you running for a pair of flats instead. Gravity pulls all the extra water you are retaining down to your lower body, so your once dainty feet are now wider and longer. Not quite unlike the step-sisters in Cinderella, you will be forcing your feet into a shoe that is too tight and too small.
When must you stop wearing heels in pregnancy?
We all love a fabulous pair of shoes, but consider putting them back in their boxes at around the 25th week of your pregnancy, or as soon as your feet start to swell and you find them really uncomfortable. Wearing high heels in pregnancy depends on your preference; you will know whether you will be able to safely pull it off in the first trimester.
However, towards the end of your second trimester, your fashion sense needs to take a back seat as safety comes into play. At this point your center of gravity will be so off balance that you will greatly benefit from a pair of fashionable flats. Your feet will thank you for it. If you absolutely have to wear heels, opt for a pair of kitten heels that are no higher than an inch from the ground. The higher the stiletto, the greater your chances of falling. So for the remaining few weeks, strut your stuff carefully, and trade in your stilettos as your due date draws near.
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