Is there a way we can still wear beautiful shoes during our pregnancy – YES!!!!!!
Back pain during pregnancy is common. Approximately half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. The added weight of your baby bump can alter your centre of gravity and the softening of your ligament puts extra pressure on your back, joints and feet.
At some point in all our pregnancies we will look at our beloved four-inch stilettos and cringe at the idea of wearing them for any length of time.
If you are like me, the thought of wearing frumpy shoes is not an option (even if your back is throbbing), I have done some digging and I think I have found some simple tips in order to help you find the perfect shoes to get you through work, casual and special occasions.
The official line from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is that after the first trimester, pregnant women should avoid wearing high heels – and that means above two inches. Anything higher could put a strain on the lower back, knees, toes and balls of the feet.
Because your balance is affected, it is recommended you opt for supportive flats or a slightly wedged shoe. The optimum height for a shoe during pregnancy is around two inches – although the exact height depends on the structure of each person’s foot.
Very flat shoes like ballet pumps or sandals generally off very little support to the foot and can cause achilles pain, calf strain and flattening of the arches – ouch!!!
If you must wear high heels, then supportive shoes that have straps and hug the foot are best.
Finally, inexpensive shock-absorbent insoles bought from chemists can be slipped into regular shoes to give padding and support. Maybe those seriously gorgeous shoes can stay after all!
For further advice on pregnancy backache I found this link helpful: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/backache-pregnant.aspx