Do you wear high heels? Wearing heels can be fun, flirty, sexy and help to make you feel more confident....but (you knew there was a but coming right?!) they are not always the best choice - especially for moms.
A good posture is key for optimal function, movement and breathing. A good posture will reduce the risk of injury and aches and pains. A poor posture, amongst other things, can increase back pain and slow down the healing of diastasis recti (aka abdominal separation).
A good posture involves shoulders back (and down and relaxed), chin up, chest perpendicular to the floor, a slight bend in the knees (not locked out) and ribs stacked over hips. If you draw a line vertically (as in pic on left) you would run through your ear, shoulder, hips, knees and ankles.
Wearing high heels emphasises poor posture by pushing/tilting us forward (right pic). It:
👠increases your anterior pelvic tilt (i.e increases the butt sticking out) thereby increasing the curve in your lower back
👠causes you to stick your chest out and flare your ribs
👠it puts pressure on your knees; and
👠places pressure on your linea alba (the connective tissue that runs vertically along your midline) which post baby in most cases is weakened.
Having your tummy pushed out is also generally not the look we are going for...so to compensate we tend to tuck our bottom into a posterior pelvic tilt and hold in our tummy the whole time. Both of these are not good news for your muscles, posture and optimal body function.
So I would advise that you ditch the heels if you are a new mom (especially if you have diastasis recti). Then wear high heels only on limited occasions for limited periods of time. If you have to wear heels for work or a function try going to and from the office/function in flats, watch your posture when sitting and whenever possible out of work/at other times stick to bare feet or flats and be aware of your posture. Work on that inner confidence that doesn't require heels!