Wearing high heels
during pregnancy is very risky. Therefore, doctors advice pregnant women to
avoid wearing heels during pregnancy. Read on to know about the adverse effects
of wearing heels during pregnancy.
heels are not really recommended during pregnancy.
There are several reasons for this. The most important one being – the entire
centre of gravity of the mom changes as the baby
grows. So maintaining a proper
stability is very important as it is understandably dangerous for both the
mother and the baby if the mother happens to trip over. Doctors advise women
against wearing heels due to medical, postural and associated safety
do Doctors Say on the Heels?
If you go by the opinion of the American Podiatric
Medical Association, high heels are permissible but only if the height of the
heel is within 1.5 to 2 inches. Doctors worldwide recommend a pregnant woman to
wear supportive shoes that are designed with a broad base heel, so that the
shock can be readily absorbed. This is because a pregnant woman is carrying
extra weight and the shoes act as a vital supporting
– There are women who cannot “;live”
without their heels. Women working in the media industry or show business find
it extremely difficult to step out without their favourite pair of heels. But
when you are pregnant, doctors advise that you at least a spare pair in your
car. They should be a comfortable pair of sneakers or shoes so that you can
readily change on to the low heel pair once your ‘appearance’ is over.
The point that needs to be noted is that high heels
are best avoided and it is not definitely recommended that you wear them for
over two hours at a stretch. So, it is advisable that you follow your doctor’s
advice and balance the day as you alternately switch between your heels and
flats. It ultimately depends upon you on how you would like to present yourself
at social dos. Ensure your physical comfort and remember that you are also
responsible for your health and the well-being of the baby growing inside
Adverse Effects of Heels on
During pregnancy when you wear heels, your calf
muscles are placed in a shortened position constantly which leads to their
tightening. This essentially leads to the formation of the painful calf cramps.
So the moment you feel these cramps, check your
There are ways to handle this by alternately
switching between low and high heels. Follow your doctor’s advice and do the
calf muscle relaxation
stretches and see whether they help.
Heels also affect the posture, the pelvis gets tipped
forward and this enhances the curve in the lower back. Remember, when you are
carrying a baby, the weight of the growing baby is consistently pulling the
body forwards. This means that it becomes all the more important that you look
what shoe you are wearing. Moving around in heels becomes naturally difficult
due to the above mentioned reasons. If you persist, you might well experience
an acute backache.
Pregnancy is a condition where your body constantly
adapts itself and its various functions according to the requirements of the
baby growing inside you. This is why the body always seeks comfort and you can
well do without pushing yourself into an undesirable or uncomfortable
condition. Especially when you know that wearing heels can affect your body and
bring in pain that can be well avoided. So get set to enjoy your pregnancy sans