Is It Safe To Wear High Heels When You’re Pregnant? Fashion Shouldn’t Trump Safety

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It’s hard to feel like your former self when you’re carrying a bowling ball in your stomach. To make matters worse, pregnancy has a tendency to change your fashion choices, and for a lot of practical reasons including but not limited to: swollen feet, nausea, weight gain, impromptu sweating, and difficulty walking. Still, some women will sacrifice comfort for style and insist on wearing high heels when they’re growing a human inside their body. But is it safe to wear high heels when you’re pregnant? Or is this one of those fun things you’ve got to table for a while and until your baby arrives? You know, like brunch mimosas and such.

The main issue that the high heel presents to a pregnant woman is that walking in the high heel can give her an unsteady gate, resulting in a fall. The experts seem to agree. Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and co-author of the books Heading Home With Your Newborn and Food Fights, tells the website BabyCenter that high heels are “generally not a good idea.” According to Dr. Shu, even wide-based clunky heels aren’t great to wear when pregnant, because they still don’t change the fact that your weight increases and your body shape and center of gravity change, which all can result in you having a less steady gait and can, in turn, increase your risk of falling.

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Another reason health care professionals caution against wearing high heels when you’re expecting is because this particular shoe can exacerbate pregnancy-related back pain. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) explains on their website how, as pregnancy progresses and you carry more weight in your stomach (which is at the…

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