Pregnant Alicia Keys Takes a Tumble in Four-Inch Heels

Whether you’re a famous singer or an ordinary mom-to-be, chances are you want to maintain your style and fashion sense even when you’re expecting. But when R&B star Alicia Keys took a spill in four-inch heels—and, luckily, walked away unharmed—at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this past weekend, we started to wonder: Should you put the stilettos on the shelf and opt for more sensible footwear when you're preggers? Watch the video here:

As women, we want to believe that pregnancy can’t stop us from doing all the things we normally do. But, the moment you become pregnant, your priorities shift, and suddenly the health of your baby takes precedence over a pair of silly shoes.

Keys may have thought she could wear the spiky heels, but she ended up putting her pregnancy at risk. "At 20 weeks, your center of gravity is off," says Carol Livoti, M.D., a Manhattan-based OB/GYN. "Your weight is distributed differently, and it can cause you to lose balance."

Although only a fall directly onto the belly, causing a direct blow to the uterus would be dangerous to the well-being of the fetus (the placenta could separate from the wall of the uterus, causing the baby to go into distress and potentially die), any type of tumble could make the rest of a pregnancy extremely uncomfortable for the expectant mother.

At what point should moms-to-be swap heels for flats? Chime in below!

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