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Risks of Wearing High Heels during Pregnancy

Risks of Wearing High Heels during Pregnancy
Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain
March12/ 2017


Pregnancy is a crucial stage for both mother and baby. You need to be very careful during pregnancy regarding your health as it can directly or indirectly affect your baby. The common question people will be asking is weather wearing heels can affect their baby?

You need to understand the fact that during pregnancy it is difficult to balance on stilettos and there is a high risk of falling and harming the baby. Most of the gynecologists recommend that you should not wear high heels during pregnancy.

Effect of wearing High Heels during Pregnancy

There are many reasons that you should avoid your heels during pregnancy. Apart from being uncomfortable, high heels can increase certain risks such as:

  1. Calf Cramps

Wearing high heels for a long time can cause calf cramps. When you wear high heels, your calf muscles will be in contracted position leading to cramps in the muscles. The cramps may get aggravated during pregnancy.

  1. Back Pain

Back pain is common during pregnancy which may be due to the weight of the baby. Wearing high heels can increase your back pain and alter your posture. Wearing high heels for a long time can cause your pelvic muscles to bent forward giving a rounder shape to your back.

The main reason behind back pain is due to the considerate amount of weight gain that changes your posture.

The ligaments present in your lower back and legs are loosened during pregnancy. Wearing high heels put excess of pressure on your pelvic joints and back joints. This pressure can cause aches around your joints and ligaments of lower back and pelvic area.

  1. Less Balance

The excess weight gain can reduce the strength in your ankles. The strength in your ankles is also reduced due to the hormonal changes taking place in your body during pregnancy.  Wearing high heels can make you fall due to the reduced ankle strength. The probability of losing balance and tripping over is more during pregnancy, when you wear high heels.

  1. Stretched Muscles

The ligaments in most of your body parts gets loosened up during pregnancy. The ligaments present in your back, abdomen, ankles and calf is generally loosened due to pregnancy induced hormones.

This condition may lead to stretching of muscles in your feet thus, you will experience that your shoes become tight and painful during pregnancy.

  1. Swelling in Feet

Edema is a medical condition in which you will experience that your legs, ankles and feet are swollen. Wearing tight shoes or high heels can aggravate this problem during pregnancy. When you wear high heels especially in the late pregnancy, it can cause your feet to swell.

During pregnancy more fluid gets accumulated in the lower part of your body that may cause swelling in your feet and pain.

  1. Miscarriage

Miscarriage is the common risk of wearing high heels. Women wearing high heels are at high risk of miscarriage. High heels can increase the risk of falling or twisting that may harm you and your baby.

You can wear low heels in your first trimester, after which the hormonal flow may increase causing your muscles to stretch. Sturdier and lower heels are generally preferred during pregnancy.

Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist) former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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