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Pregnancy and Stilettos: Are They Safe?

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe announced recently that she does not own a pair of flat shoes, and, even now, at nearly eight months pregnant (although she’s still skinnier than a non-pregnant Tori Spelling) the 39-year-old Zoe was photographed with her husband and friends strolling around Los Angeles in the stiletto platform boots.

Zoe isn’t alone. “You gotta do it,” actress Ali Larter tells People. “I love my high heels. I’ll kick ass in four inches, pregnant any day of the week.”

Meanwhile, Christina Applegate, who just gave birth to a baby girl, weighed in on the subject saying that wearing high heels “offsets the impending growth of width.”

But some wonder if style obsessed ladies are risking safety of body and baby for high fashion.

The answer: not really.

Doctors say the main reason that high heels have gotten a bad rep is because a woman’s body weight and shape change during pregnancy, and so does her center of gravity. Because of this, she may be more prone to falls, which could have dire consequences. But otherwise, a lot of the risk is to her own comfort.

“It’s fine for a pregnant woman to wear stilettos, but she may find her balance is off, especially when she gets large,” says Dr. Lauren Streicher, a staff obstetrician gynecologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “If she were to fall, obviously she could break a leg, but there is no particular danger to that developing pregnancy.”

Dr. Manuel Porto, professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, also said that the arched back posture that is used by most pregnant women to accommodate the change leads to low back pain. Wearing high-heeled shoes and boots can exacerbate those problems, especially as feet start to swell in the later months.

“Most obstetricians recommend that patients wear flat shoes or those with less than a two-inch heel, especially in the third trimester,” said Porto.

But, for all the pregnant woman who don’t want to give up their sassy shoes because of a baby bump… there you go. As for me, I’m sticking to flats, flip-flops and my fab imitation Uggs. And my water-logged feet love me for it.

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