Pop singer Jessica Simpson has been hobbling around town wearing sky-high Yves Saint Laurent heels while pregnant with her football player fiance Eric Johnson's baby. Sure, Jess may look like one hot mama, but she's really tempting fate on the bunion front with her shoe habits.
Simpson recently told US Weekly that she plans to give birth in pumps.
"I'm probably going to deliver my baby in these [four-inch YSL heels]," she said, quoted by the news source. "I went to the doctor yesterday and he said, 'You're gonna need to get out of those heels!' I was like, 'Excuse me! I'll be delivering in these heels!"
On top of the fact that heels would never fit into the foot stirrups on the delivery table, wearing heels while pregnant is just a bad idea. According to WhatToExpect.com, pregnant women have a hormone in their bodies called relaxin, which softens the joints, ligaments and muscles in preparation for childbirth. While its main purpose is to make the pelvis flexible enough to have a small watermelon passed through it, the hormone affects other parts of the body as well.
This means that connective foot tissue is weaker than usual. Add to this the extra weight of a fetus, amniotic fluid and the placenta, and you've got a lot of stressors on the feet. So, you might be thinking that you'd need to be as dumb as a blonde to wear four-inch heels while expecting, right? Well, yes, you are right. This is Jessica Simpson we're talking about.
But the singer isn't the only celebrity to be caught wearing heels while pregnant. Beyonce was recently spotted in some ridiculously high wedge heels, and you know that Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr wasn't going without added height during her pregnancy. Penelope Cruz also wore heels before giving birth to her baby with hunky Javier Bardem, and former model Penny Lancaster was spotted towering over hubby Rod Stewart on the red carpet while pregnant.
While we're on the topic, can we talk about the mysterious pregnancy of stylist Rachel Zoe? The woman barely showed a bump. I don't know whether I should be jealous or start rumors of a fake pregnancy. For now, I'll suppress my catty urges.
At any rate, ladies who just can't keep their heels off for nine months may want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics in order to keep bunions at bay, and to save themselves from the dreaded bunion surgery.