The sixth month of pregnancy marks the end of the second trimester and, with that, prepare yourself to feel the accelerated weight gain and more swelling on your legs and feet. Your postural tone and equilibrium will alter as your pregnancy advances. As the bump begins to weigh more and inclines forward, every pregnant woman will eventually angle their body backward. The base for balance support is amplified and creates more distance between both feet, altering the woman’s walk. Besides, the progesterone hormone production makes cartilages and pelvic ligaments more flexible – preparing the body for birth – and the hip bones enlarge. Consequently, back pain, especially in the lumbar area, worsens, and you run the risk of falling more easily.

The easiest and most ingenious way to fight – or at least minimize – issues like that is to wear adequate shoes. Using the correct kind of shoes during pregnancy also lowers discomfort due to swelling, seeing as the feet are the most vulnerable area to this condition. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to buy shoes a size up from your normal size in order to accommodate your toes and avoid getting ingrown toenails or mycosis, which becomes easier to contract during pregnancy due to a lowered immunity. You can even wear the bigger shoes in the postpartum phase until your feet go back to their original size.

Below we have listed the best shoe options for you. An extra tip: eventually, your bump will make it harder for you to trim your toenails and care for your feet. It´s a great excuse to explain a few trips to a mani-pedi professional.

Go for these:

  • Flip flops and short-heeled shoes: they make everyday tasks easier and less tiring, taking away the strain from your feet and back and protect against falls by providing you with better support.
  • Ankle boots: opt for comfort and safety. You can pair these with black compression socks and skirts or dresses for a put-together look on cold days.
  • Sneakers: This is a great choice because you can adjust it to your feet as needed, loosening up the laces.
  • Heels shorter than 5cm: for special occasions, these are your best options. Opt for thicker and more square-shaped heels for balance.
  • Orthotic shoes: there are so many models available you´ll surely find one that doesn’t look like something called “orthotic.” They are produced with materials that perfectly support the body’s impact, keeping you safe and comfortable when walking and can even reduce stress and fatigue.

Avoid these:

  • Sandals: the thin straps can constrict the blood vessels during this period. They do not provide the proper balance as they can slip off your feet easily and can even show any cracks on your feet.
  • Sandals with too many straps or too tight to the feet: Even the lower ones should be avoided. Too many straps can also constrict the vessels and lead to possible edemas.
  • Tall pumps with thin heels: not only do these not provide any sort of stability, but they will also destroy your feet. Once your bump grows significantly, looking at the ground becomes increasingly difficult. High heels can double your chances of taking a wrong step and falling down.
  • Tall or medium height boots: this type of boot will constrict your calves, which, now swollen, can become even more painful. Depending on the level of swelling, you might not even be able to close the shoe.
  • Shoes with too many seams: these can cause too much chafing and calluses.