Why Its Best To Avoid Wearing Heels During Pregnancy
A fabulous pair of stilettos is something that we just can't avoid with a pretty outfit while stepping out. But while its almost ok to wear them during a regular day, it might just not be the right option for you if you are pregnant and planning to step into those lovely pair of heels. The first reason is due to the fact that pregnancy hormones, like progesterone, fill the bloodstream and loosen ligaments in the lower back and abdomen to allow the stomach room to grow. The bloodstream does not stop at abdomen, however. The same pregnancy hormones that loosen ligaments to accommodate pregnancy growth will also pass through other areas of the body like the lower legs, feet and ankles. This makes wearing high heels riskier and less comfortable than before than before. Lower back ligaments are also affected meaning that there can be additional stress on lower back muscles with added pain and strain. During your first trimester it could just be fine but as your pregnancy progresses it does pose a risk to wear them.
In the second trimester, your body ramps up production of the hormone relaxin, which loosens your ligaments so your baby can pass through your pelvis more easily. However, this loosening can also cause your pelvic, hip, and back joints to shift uncomfortably. Donning high heels disrupts your body's alignment to begin with, but wearing them when your joints are already shifty will likely result in extra back and hip pain. Swelling is very common during pregnancy, especially in your third trimester. This will make heels particularly uncomfortable, especially if you’re at work or at an event where you haven’t got something more comfortable to slip into.
But it’s not only high heels that cause problems for pregnant women. Very flat shoes like ballet pumps or sandals offer very little support to the foot and can cause Achilles pain, calf strain and flattening of the arches which can lead to plantar fasciitis. Experts say the optimum height for a shoe during pregnancy is around two inches - although the exact height depends on the structure of each individual’s foot. So chose the footwear that you wear as per your comfort and stay safe and stylish during your pregnancy.