So we hear all the stories, facts and anecdotes about how it is unsafe to wear heels when pregnant and how flip flops are the super comfy go-to shoe, (despite potentially being unsafe also), so what are the best shoes to wear during pregnancy?
How to choose comfortable, safe shoes when pregnant
Here are some tips to consider when you are out shopping for shoes when you are pregnant:
- Choose well-fitted shoes that provide stability for your foot and ankle.
- Opt for a round toed shoe so that your swollen feet and toes are not cramped.
- Avoid heels where possible.
There are plenty of shoes available that are fashionable as well as being supportive. It’s important to remember that when pregnant, particularly in the last few months, your body can start to experience a range of aches and pains especially around the back, hips, legs and feet. Simple things like standing and walking can quickly become very uncomfortable for long periods of time.
Do maternity shoes exist?
There is no such thing as maternity shoes. Unlike maternity clothes that are designed to support your belly and be as stretchy and comfortable as possible, when it comes to buying shoes, you need to be on the lookout for particular designs, cuts and styles that offer you the most flexibility and support.
What shoes do you wear when you are pregnant?
The most popular shoes to wear when you are pregnant are shoes that are as flat as possible. Flats, like flip flops, are easy to slip on and mean you no longer need to try to bend over to tie laces or adjust straps. Reaching over your growing belly to put on shoes will become a huge chore. Believe me!
Your shoes also need to be supportive. Some pregnant women start to waddle and become really unstable so shoes need to make you feel safe and grounded. Your chose footwear also needs to be roomy. Swollen feet are common during pregnancy so if you are looking to buy a new pair of shoes, particularly if you are still in the first trimester, make sure they have some extra room.
Will my feet go back to normal after having a baby?
Whilst having swollen feet is common, some women experience a growth in their feet, sometimes up to half or even one size. Whilst this is very uncommon it is something to be aware of. It can take up to 6 weeks for your swelling to disappear postpartum. Don’t be too concerned though as every woman is different. There’s always a bright side right? It’s a great excuse to go shoe shopping.
If you are looking for a range of comfortable shoes to wear during pregnancy, take a look at our recommendations. There are some boots, sneakers, sandals and even work shoes.
How long after having your baby did your feet go back to their normal size or have they remained larger?