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The #1 tip I give ALL my pregnant clients....

Every week, I meet pregnant ladies of all shapes and sizes. Some are glowing, and blossoming, and full of energy. Some are swollen and exhausted and aching, and feeling a little bit 'over' it all! Most, however, are a mixture of the two, depending on the day. Whichever best describes you, I'm sure you have days where you get home, and you are aching: hips, back, shoulders, knees, feet.... Your body is telling you it is tired, and needs to rest!

Some days, you just want to hide away....

Some days, you just want to hide away....

Lots of pregnant women end up at physios, chiros, massage therapists, or elsewhere, seeking relief for aches during pregnancy. For the women I see at bodyBEgood, there is one simple tip I like to give...

Ladies, the BEST thing you can put on your growing pregnant body, is:


a decent pair of shoes!

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Yes, you might have gotten away with 6 inch stilettos for the last 10 years without any issues!

Yes, you might own ballet flats in every colour, and have never felt anything but joy when you wear them!

But right now, your poor, pregnant feet are at the bottom of the weight-bearing chain, and every day they deal with increasing pressure bearing down on them. Remember that hormone Relaxin that is pumping through your body, loosening your joints to help during labour? It doesn't stop at your pelvis - it has 'loosened' your feet too. Your feet are spreading, and stretching, and trying to carry you and your baby all day... They can't do it alone. They need support! They need love!

Giving your feet the love that they need, means the rest of your body will thank you! Decent footwear will support the feet, which in turn will support the rest of those aching body parts. Good footwear is vital throughout your pregnancy!

So, when you're looking for decent shoes to carry you through these many months, here's my tips:


Give yourself some room:

  • Your feet may feel longer and wider during pregnancy, and if that is the case, give them a bit of breathing space. Going up half a shoe size during pregnancy is sometimes necessary.  Squeezing feet into shoes that feel too tight, is not doing your body any favours. 

  • And, once your bundle of joy has arrived, our friends at The Running Company Ballarat recommend getting refitted prior to getting back into exercise, as your foot shape may remain altered. 


Good support for your heel and arch

  • With the increasing weight your lovely feet have to carry, along with the increased laxity or 'looseness' through the foot, it is really important that you wear shoes with a good amount of support through the arch and heel. This support will decrease the ability of the foot to 'over-pronate', or roll in, which can put additional stress through the rest of the body.

  • And, whilst barefoot can feel lovely after a long day, try to minimise the time you spend walking barefoot too. Instead, keep a good pair of runners or other comfy, supportive shoes for use around the house. 


Easy to get on/ofF

  • For some pregnant ladies, the feet can be a loooooooong way down. Shoes that are easy to put on, and simple to kick off, can save you a lot of huffing and puffing and bending! 

Avoid 'high' heels

Pack those gorgeous heels away... just for a little while!

Pack those gorgeous heels away... just for a little while!

When pregnant, your increasing tummy causes your centre of gravity to move forwards, and wearing high heels can further exacerbate this. This can put extra pressure on your hips, knees and lower back. A slight heel is going to give your foot better support, but try to minimise how often you need to pull out your fancier heels. 


Seriously, put your feet up whenever you get the chance!!!

Seriously, put your feet up whenever you get the chance!!!

a few more tips...

  • Elevate your feet is swelling is an issue (lie back on the couch when you get home, and stack your feet up on some pillows). 
  • Try to avoid standing for extended periods of time. 
  • Not all 'good, supportive shoes' have to be hideous either! There are some great companies out there making shoes that your feet will love, that you wont be embarrassed to wear. Check out Frankie 4 for great shoes that don't look like what your Granny has in the cupboard!

And finally, if your aches and pains hang around despite following this great advice, please come and see our fabulous physio team for more help. You can click here to book online!

5 reasons you will love body BE good!

bodyBEgood is Ballarat's newest (and best!) Physio-run Pilates studio. We provide Physiotherapy services, Clinical Pilates, and Pilates fitness classes, to every body, at every age.

Unlike some Pilates studios, we really love what we do. We pride ourselves on giving our clients the very best in Pilates and healthcare. Here's 5 reasons why you will love Pilates at bodyBEgood...



Our classes are taught by highly trained physiotherapists, with many years of experience - not only as physios, but also as Clinical Pilates instructors. You can be confident when you come to bodyBEgood, that your exercise class will be challenging and fun, but it will also be safe, and in line with the latest in sports and exercise science. There will be no ridiculous, unwarranted, back breaking, hamstring tearing, fish slapping workouts - just smarteffective and rewarding exercise. 



Our classes are capped at a maximum of 6 people. This means that the Physio teaching the class can keep an eye on your technique, and your ability to do the exercises correctly and safely. We can make exercises harder or easier, depending on how you are coping. With this specialised attention, you will get so much more from your exercise class.  



All exercises in our classes target multiple areas of the body at the same time, making Pilates a super efficient form of exercise! In the gym, for example, you might be working your upper arms in a bicep curl. In Pilates, our Bicep Curls (shown below) work your upper arms, your thighs, your core, and your back, all at the same time. So, with Pilates, you are getting so much more out of each and every repetition! 

(I sometimes think this means we don't need to work out for as long, or as often, right....?!)

Physiotherapist  Karla  demonstrates a Pilates  Bicep Curl

Physiotherapist Karla demonstrates a Pilates Bicep Curl



Pilates demands concentration; it requires alignment of the mind with the body. To complete your exercises safely and effectively, you must be focused - concentrating on where and how you move your body. This mindful approach means that any of your daily stress gets forgotten at the studio door. You will leave your Pilates class feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to tackle your day. 



Our glorious, light filled studio, is fitted with the very best in Pilates equipment, vibrant greenery, and a relaxing, fresh feel. Our clients love the peace, energy, and calm that comes with a class at bodyBEgood, and we hope you will love it too!

Our gorgeous Wendouree  studio

Our gorgeous Wendouree studio

If you'd like to ask any questions about bodyBEgood, please email us at info@bodybegood.com.au, or call 5339 1401. We hope to see you in the studio soon!