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Let’s be real: being pregnant hurts. Particularly, somewhere in the back, legs and feet area.
I couldn’t believe how brutally painful it could be just to stand and walk around. It just sucks.
And it gets worse:
My feet actually grew a FULL size larger. And somehow, they never went back to my old size. They just kind of stuck that way. I’m permanently a size 8.
And according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, there can be significant and permanent changes to the arch of the feet.
My ankles also really swelled up, which adds so much more stress to the feet. Chances are you’re going to experience the same thing.
Let’s get one thing out of the way, though: there is no such thing as “official” maternity shoes. That doesn’t mean that some shoes are way better for those of us who are pregnant!
Generally, what I found was best when out and about were flats or sandals.
Sorry, but you’re going to have to skip the high heels, at leave them for special occasions.
According to the panel of health experts at BabyCenter, the reasons are:
Of course, sometimes you can’t avoid wearing heels. If so, try to at least stick to shoes with a small heel to be on the safer side.
So, which shoes are good for us pregnant folk?
The main criteria for any footwear for pregnant women are:
I really, REALLY recommend these shoes! Trust me. You’ll love them.
A great thing about Toms is that for every pair purchased, they donate a pair to a child in need! What a great company.
They’re made of hemp, which I think is really cool. They’re easy to slip on, look casual without being sloppy, and are a generally all-around good shoe.
What’s also great is that they’re easy to clean with just water!
What I particularly love is that they’re soooo simple to put on. Unlike the Skechers, you can literally just walk into these and wear them. Most flip flops are horribly flat and offer no arch support at all, so these are a welcome change.
These are one of the best options for a summer pregnancy!
Lightweight, easy to slip on, nice comfy sole and they’re also waterproof for days at the beach. What’s not to like, other than the appearance?
Of course, they’re not the cutest of sandals on the market, but they get it right where it counts: super, awesomely comfortable. The arch support is excellent and cushioned heel and toe are to die for when you’re pregnant.
If you live somewhere that calls for warmer winter boots during the winter, you might worry about slipping and falling even when you’re not preggers. So when you do have a baby on board, getting boots that have good grip (deep treads) and will keep you from slipping is super important.
Plus, it just sucks having cold feet in the winter, so they have to be warm, too.
Ok, I know Bearpaw boots look like you’re going for the half-rabbit look, but they’re crazy warm and comfy, plus they have a great grippy rubber sole. They’re made from genuine sheepskin, so they’re not a vegan-friendly option if that’s what you’re looking for.
But other than that, you can’t go wrong with them as a winter boot for your pregnant feet.
The Malia Poplar boots by Clarks are chic knee-high boots that are perfect for winter. They have a zipper all the way up the side, making them easy to put on and take off, and have a good, supportive sole. Being leather boots, they’ll take a little while to break in, but once you do, they’re great.
Like any good winter boot, they have great traction that will keep you from slipping in the nasty winter weather, too.
If you’re suffering from bad lower back pain, you should seriously consider getting a belly band.
They add awesome support; they’re kind of like weight-lifting belts for pregnant moms. I couldn’t have lived without mine, honestly. And you can even get one that goes under your clothes.
If you’re interested, I wrote a whole guide about them, too! You can see it right here.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you could also consider getting a pregnancy pillow.
They’re pretty incredible! I personally recommend the full-body ones, and you can read my guide on those here.
Are you looking for shoes but didn’t find any you like here? Do you have any suggestions or comments, or even any questions? Let me know in the comments section below!
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