Those of us with a heel addiction still want to have a little height in our pregnancy ensembles even as birth approaches.

But in the third trimester (T3) you’re expansive and off-balance thanks to the front loaded bump.

Now is not the time to totter around on your Manolo Blahnik sky-high spikes. But you don’t want to look like you’ve borrowed from Nan or hit the orthotics shop.

That bump of yours means you’re not as sure-footed or stable as you used to be creating a higher possibility of a fall. Pregnancy hormones are softening your tendons in preparation for birth, so you’re simply not as in control as the pre-preggie days.

So, how can you add some sexy heels without doing damage to yourself or bub?

Keeping safe is vital, but so is bumping up your style. A heel is important from panache point of view to:

  • make you look taller (how many short models do you see?)
  • lengthen your look, and
  • balance out your bump.

A heel can also transform an outfit instantly from dumpy to diva and take you with the minimum of fuss from play to work getting extra mileage from your maternity clothes.

They are also an important shot in the arm for a feel-good flashback about yourself when you’ve relinquished control of your body to bub.

No matter the height, look for a stable design without wobbles and well attached straps to hold your foot in place so you don’t twist your ankle.

Here are five heel shapes to try when you have great expectations in Trimester 3:

  1. Kitten – a cute little heel around 5cm high with a lovely curve from the top to the bottom, which can vary from super sexy to super straight in styling. Sandals, pumps or peek-toes all come with kitten heels that will have you purring, thanks to their comfort factor.
  2. Wedge – Heel height meets stability in the wedge whose heel extends from the back of the heel to the ball of the foot. Too low and they just don’t look right. Look for a height of around 5cm and taller, up to where ever you feel comfortable. Season it right with full coverage or next to none thanks to lots of straps.
  3. Chunky heel – You can go a little higher, up to about 10cm, with this one because the wider heel helps share the weight with your toes, providing relief and balance. Look for super funky colours, a touch of vintage or different textures, such as suede.
  4. Cuban – super secure and supportive, a Cuban heel is a practical choice in T3 and, down the track, for chasing toddlers around! Cuban heeled boots don’t all come in black and brown, either. Shop around for patterns, skins, or trims that shout out your personal style.
  5. Platform – A chunky wedge that has some height under the ball of the foot and even more at the heel, needs super secure straps as you are higher off the ground and don’t have the ball of the foot to grip with. The expanse of heel is a chance to showcase a variety of materials – cork, rope, wood or fur. Go crazy!
  • I wore heels all through my pregnancy


  • Love the different ideas you have given


  • Some super stylish heels here.


  • I found that I wore my high heels all the way through my first then kitten heels and sneakers for the third bub. Hard to go back to heels when you are chasing after kids all day.


  • Doesn’t seem the time to be wearing anything at all that isn;t comfortable. Who cares if you look taller in heels – no one is going to notice anything but your huge bump.


  • Never realised there were so many types of heels.


  • I could barely get up in trimester 3, i certainly couldn’t have in heels


  • I dont think I would be game enough to wear heels while pregnant


  • I don’t do heals! Pregnant or not!

    • hehe same here, give me a pair of flatties any day.


  • an interesting read, though I am not a heel person at all


  • I love my heels! would definitely stick with kitten and wedges during 3rd trimester :)


  • I couldn’t even bear the thought of heels most of my pregnancies


  • Great advice! A truly motivational article!


  • Good blog I found it really uncomfortable


  • Thanks for sharing this great article. I’d avoid heels during T3


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