Podiatrist warns of high heels risk in pregnancy
HERVEY Bay's Erin Sorrensen loves wearing high heels.
But no one has to tell her it's a bad idea to wear them in the later stages of pregnancy.
Brendan Brown from the Australian Podiatry Association said while many celebrities were photographed wearing heels in the late stages of pregnancy, it was one trend other women should ignore.
"Wearing high heels at any time is an injury risk but this is significantly increased when pregnant, particularly in the later stages as you gain weight and body mass, which affects balance and puts stress on the feet and ankles," he said.
Erin, a marketing manager, knows exactly what Mr Brown is talking about.
She often wears heels to work and says they make her feel ready for the day.
"It's probably a mindset thing," she said.
"I've got my big-girl shoes on and I'm ready to take on the world."
She wore heels up until she was eight months pregnant with her first child, Henry, when she started to feel her balance was affected by wearing the sky-high shoes.
"I wore heels up until probably the last four weeks," she said.
"I just wasn't steady anymore."
After a few stumbles, Erin decided to put the heels away until her son was born.
"It was a safety thing," she said.
It wasn't long after the baby was born that she was wearing her heels again.
"I probably wore them to the first social function my husband and I went to," Erin said.
"And when I came back to work, I wore them the first day."
But completely flat shoes, such as thongs, are also a no-no during pregnancy.
Rather, women in the later stages of pregnancy were advised to wear shoes with a slight heel that enclosed the foot and gave added support.