Being pregnant

Is it safe to wear high heels while pregnant?

Moms-to-be may want to trade in their stilettos. Here's why.

By Jon Barrett, chief of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Is it safe to wear high heels while pregnant?

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Q: Is wearing heels OK for my body and my baby while I’m pregnant? I don’t feel dressed up enough for work without my stilettos, but I’m five months pregnant and I already feel like I’m getting dirty looks from the pregnancy police. 

A: Wearing high heels during your pregnancy is probably not a good idea. It will put increased strain on your lower back, which is already under pressure during pregnancy. Pregnant women also have an increased risk of falling due to their shifting centre of gravity — which these heels will likely aggravate.

This article was originally published on Jun 21, 2012
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