What effect does wearing shoes with high heels have during pregnancy?

When you wear shoes with high heels regularly during pregnancy, your calf muscles are constantly being placed in a shortened position. This can lead to tightening of your calf muscles over time, and the development of calf cramps. If you do wear heels and you notice that you are getting cramps or tightness in your calf muscles, you may need to reconsider the type of shoes that you wear.

Try alternating flatter shoes with those with heels and see if this helps, i.e. don't wear your shoes with heels every day. Doing calf stretches more often can also help, so that you do not let your calf muscles tighten and shorten over time. Use the stretches described in calf cramps in pregnancy, regarding how to effectively stretch your calf muscles. There are also other tips included which can help calf cramps if you are experiencing them.

The other effect that wearing heels may have is that of altering your posture. High heels can tip your pelvis forwards, which increases the curve in your lower back. When you are pregnant the weight of your growing baby will already be pulling you forwards, so this can become even more exaggerated if you are not careful with the shoes you choose to wear. If you notice a backache, consider changing shoes to see if this helps. Also be aware of your posture, standing tall and drawing your tummy in gently during the day.

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Just being aware that the type of shoes you wear may have an effect on your body while you are pregnant, may help you if you do experience any of the discomforts mentioned above. It is only one factor to consider, but not one always thought of. We hope this extra tip helps you to enjoy your pregnancy, without lots of discomforts.

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