You may be used to wearing high heels before you got pregnant, perhaps even enjoyed the leg-lengthening effect of your favourite pair, but when you conceive and your belly begins to grow, you need to put those heels to one side and rather opt for shoes with better support before your baby arrives. Here are the reasons why high heels aren’t meant for pregnant women.
1. You don’t have the strength and support
During pregnancy, your body undergoes a whole array of changes to accommodate your ability to carry the extra weight of the baby, as well as to make the birthing process easier. The ligaments in your lower back loosen and the same hormones that produce this effect can also result in loosened ligaments in the feet, ankles and lower legs. You will not have the same strength and support as before, which means that wearing high heels will not only be uncomfortable, but also painful and dangerous.
2. Your balance won’t be what it was
Aside from your lower body’s diminished joint support, your balance is also affected by pregnancy, especially because you need to learn to carry all that additional weight during the second half of your pregnancy. If high heels were a challenge to wear before getting pregnant, they will certainly challenge your stability during pregnancy. If you insist on wearing high heels during pregnancy, then it’s best you get some medical aid quotes and cover yourself for falls and sprains.
Just because you’re pregnant, you don’t have to be frumpy and wear flip-flops or flat boots. The real requirement for the pregnant woman’s feet is that your shoes need to be comfortable (especially when pregnancy fluid retention makes your feet and ankles swell) and they need to offer as much support as possible for your arches, calves, hamstrings and lower back.