Wearing heels during pregnancy is not at all advisable, as it can lead to serious harm to both you and your unborn baby. We have previously discussed here at Psst.ph on why it’s not safe for moms to wear heels during their pregnancy. However, if you absolutely must, then keep the following tips in mind:
- It is okay to wear low heels in your first trimester, after which the hormonal flow increases and your muscles start to stretch.
- Try to wear lower and sturdier heels.
- Buy shoes that are comfortable and don’t create a tight grip on your feet.
- Avoid stilettos, platform heels or kitten heels. The thinner the heels, the lesser support your body will get, making it all the more difficult to maintain balance.
- If you have to wear heels during the entire day, try to take short breaks. Take them off for a while, relax your feet and then put them on again. Wearing wedge heels during pregnancy is not a good idea because there will be increase in body weight, shape and center of gravity changes affecting your walking. Also, ligaments will be looser which may lead to muscle strain and joint instability.
- At parties or outings, avoid walking or standing for longer durations in high heels. If you have to wear them to get the perfect look, try to sit around most of the time.
- Replace your heels with flats for everyday purpose.
- If you have worn heels and are experiencing discomfort, try stretching exercises for calf muscles and gently massage your feet.
Does wearing heels during pregnancy cause varicose veins? You may have a doubt! But there is no proper evidence that high heels can cause varicose veins other than back pain and sore feet. It may be because high heels minimize the motion while walking and therefore reduce the amount of blood flow causing vein issues. The true reasons can be heredity or a history of blood clots as well.
Now that you know about the risks that high heels can cause, be more cautious while wearing them. It would be better if you stop wearing high heels during pregnancy. Be careful and take care of yourself and your baby!