Choosing Maternity Shoes

Pregnancy can wreak havoc on your feet. Hormonal changes, increased weight, sore legs, back aches, and sweating can all affect your feet during the later stages of pregnancy, so you want to wear shoes that are as comfortable as possible.  First of all you need shoes that provide good arch support. Some shoes have arch supports built in, but if not, you can buy inserts to provide you with the support that you need.

High heels are, unsurprisingly, out of the question, and you want to be wearing either flat shoes or shoes with low, wide heels. Tying laces can be pretty tricky in the later stages of pregnancy, so you want to get shoes that can slip on or off easily. You also want to get a pair of shoes that are a bit larger than your regular size, as swelling can make snug-fitting shoes uncomfortable. Also, you should choose shoes that have breathable uppers, made of canvas or leather, as you will probably be feeling a little warmer than usual.

While it is important to be comfortable during pregnancy, you want to look as good as possible too. Thankfully, there are plenty of shoes out there that look great but are also comfortable to wear during pregnancy. Fashion retailer New Look stock a wide variety of maternity clothes at inexpensive prices that are suitable for all stages of pregnancy.

Flat shoes are a great choice for pregnant women, but some of them can look a little dowdy. Try to find a nice, cute pair of flats with a wide width fitting. However, flat shoes are usually unsuitable for special occasions, so you might want to get hold of a pair of low-heeled, wide evening shoes for those occasions when you have to dress up a little.

Loafers are a great choice for pregnant women, as they tend to have low or flat heels. While you couldn’t wear them on a night out, you probably won’t be going on too many of these for the next year or so, and they are great for wearing to work or for running errands. If you are going to be pregnant over the summer months, then you might want a pair of sandals for wearing outdoors, as these are less restrictive than closed shoes and allow your feet to breathe, which can relieve sweating.

During the winter, sneakers can be a great choice for wearing out of doors, as they are both warm and breathable, although you may have trouble doing up the laces in the later stages of pregnancy. Towards the end of your term, shoes can become even harder to put on, and this is when clogs and mules come into their own. They are easy to slip on and off, contain many inbuilt comfort features such as arch support, and they reduce the pressure on the back of your feet.

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