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How to Wear High Heels during Pregnancy

Learn how to wear high heels while pregnant from celebrity podiatrist Emily Splichal in this Howcast video.


If you find yourself going to an event or you have a wedding or a function that you must wear high heels while being pregnant, here are some great tips to avoid pain in those heels. You always want to consider the height. Remember, regardless of pregnancy or not, high heels put stress on the lower back. As we stand in high heels, our center of gravity shifts forward. This causes excess stress on the lower back. When a woman is pregnant, her center of gravity is shifted forward, which means as she stands in those heels she has even greater stress placed onto the lower back.

If you are pregnant and you must wear high heels, I recommend choosing a shorter height, two to three inches, never going above that three inches, and try and focus on the posture while standing in the heels. Another great tip to avoid pain if you must wear heels while pregnant is to recover the body after you slide off those heels. Oftentimes a lot of the pain we experience when wearing high heels is actually after we slide off the heels. So I recommend incorporating low back stretches, hip flexor stretches and upper back stretches.

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