Why Pregnant Women Need New Life Shoes
While most women relish the joy of pregnancy, their bodies go through significant changes, particularly in the last two trimesters. This includes changes to a woman’s feet, which are well known to obstetricians and podiatrists. New Life Shoes were designed to support a woman’s foot with a stylish, well-fitting shoe. Here are some examples of foot problems pregnant women encounter, usually beginning in their second trimester:
Expanded Foot Size: Increased hormone levels loosen muscles and joints – causing a woman’s feet to expand during her pregnancy. That’s why New Life shoes offer an expandable fit, using its unique “Z-Fit System” which allows the wearer to make adjustments with one hand.
Foot Swelling from Water Retention: As pregnancy progresses, excess fluid collects in the foot due to the combination of increased blood flow and increased pressure on veins. New Life’s expanding stretch construction allows the shoes to adapt to the swelling of the feet and toes throughout the day and the pregnancy. This expansion feature eliminates the need for multiple pairs of shoes in different sizes and widths as the pregnancy progresses.
Added Pressure on Feet from Weight Gain: To adjust for the average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy, the New Life 5-Layer Cushioning System increases shock absorption and makes walking, exercising and other activities more comfortable and enjoyable. The New Life “Z-Fit System” gives the proper foot support that is critical for anatomical alignment and comfort.
Third-Trimester Issues: Pregnant women find it increasingly difficult to bend over to put on and tie their shoes, especially during the third trimester. The New Life Shoe is designed to slip on easily and be secured on the inner side of the foot, allowing one-handed fastening with a single pull of the strap. We call it the “Z-Fit System.”
Condition information supplied by Beth Allen, BSN, RNC, IBCLC
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