You’ve got the nursery planned, the name picked out, and you are watching your nutrition and getting lots of rest. What else should be on your pregnancy checklist? Checking your shoes!
Footwear for pregnancy is not always talked about, and many women just keep wearing the shoes they already have. This may not be the best idea, and here’s why: your feet, just like the rest of you, experience a lot of changes during these nine months.
Shoes that fit okay before may now be too tight and hurt, because your feet swell up more from fluid accumulation.
Flip flops, then? Uh-uh. No support, unstable, plus you’ll be even more susceptible to leg cramps because you’re clenching your toes all the time to keep them on.
Those fabulous 4-inch heels? Except for very short spells at special occasions, it’s best to leave them in your closet. For one thing, the extra weight you’re carrying will put more pressure on your forefoot and cause pain. For another, the fact that your weight is mostly in front will throw off your balance and stress your back. High heels only make these risks worse.
So, it’s shopping we will go, and here’s what you need to look for:
Easy to get on – that usually means slip-ons or sandals (or adjustable Velcro openings, but you probably won’t go for that).
Roomy – once you have them on, make sure your toes can wiggle freely and there is extra room in case your feet swell. Shop late in the day when your feet are already swollen, to make sure the shoe will fit.
Breathable – especially in summer, you don’t want your feet to be sweaty and risk a fungal or bacterial infection.
Good support – we can’t stress this enough, because during pregnancy hormones are released that relax the ligaments. Find shoes that support your arch, or you could develop painful flatfoot problems that limit your activity.
Comfortable – you may be glad of extra cushioning in the insole to shield your heel and forefoot from the pressure of your extra pounds.
Stylish – there will be enough angst about your appearance during pregnancy, so a pair of cute shoes can help your self-esteem. Make a wise choice, but make sure you like the looks of the shoes, too.
Experiencing new foot problems now that you’re pregnant? Make a call to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona and let our foot specialists help. Reach us in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 and in Chandler at (480) 963-9000.