Why Shouldn’t Pregnant Women Wear High Heels

Have you ever worn a pair of knee-high, 5-inch platform boots? It’s like operating two mechanical bulls with your feet. The thing is though, no matter how uncomfortable they can be, sometimes heels are the only way to make an outfit work.

A according to the report 1,000 women by The Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists found that 66 percent of pregnant women regularly wear flip-flops, 32 percent wear high heels, 53 percent choose ballet pumps, and 30 percent slump around in Ugg boots. And seven out of 10 have suffered from foot problems including swollen ankles (37 percent), swollen feet (45 percent), and foot arch and heel pain (16 percent).

The ligaments that control your lower back pain are softened during pregnancy, so they are more at risk of being stretched and damaged. The problem with high heels is that they alter your posture and put a strain on this already weakened area. This could contribute to lower back pain, which can be severe.

High heels also leave pregnant women for vulnerable to spills. Because your center of gravity changes with a baby bump, balancing on heels is a challenge after 25 weeks, even for stiletto veterans. Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Lilly Allen all lost their footing while wearing high heels at appearances during their pregnancy.

To enable you to balance, your pelvis has to tilt anteriorly which increases the arch in your lower back. This in turn compresses the discs in your lower spine and crushes the nerves leading out from the spinal cord. This compression also places incredible pressure on the veins and arteries, decreasing the flow through this area, slowing down the whole circulatory system, including the blood supply to your baby.

Pregnant women should wear soft sole shoes and travel shoes. Those shoes have good flexibility and elasticity, which can make pregnant women feel comfortable and light when they walk. What’s more, high-heeled shoes can reduce women’s body burden and prevent the collision fall.

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