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Why is it celebrities think they can get away with things and it will never catch up with them? 

Jessica Simpson recently said that she's been having foot-related pain during her second pregnancy and has stopped wearing her beloved high heels. A source close to Simpson told US Weekly, "Jessica is no longer wearing heels. Her feet are swollen and hurt, and high heels hurt her back." Oh, cry us a river- no heels for a couple of months! Boo hoo. 

Simpson told Jimmy Kimmel that this pregnancy has been much more complicated than her first. "It's a totally different pregnancy. I just feel awful. I've been vomiting. The crazy thing is I never knew a wiener could make me nauseous," Simpson said, letting slip that she and fiance Eric Johnson are expecting a boy.

She tweeted on March 29th, "Practicing walking in flats around my house" and posted a picture. Yay you, Jessica!

Simpson also gave up her high heels during the third trimester of her first pregnancy as well. She told US Weekly a month after making her first pregnancy public, "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!'" Wonderful attitude, Jessica.

Shortly before her daughter Maxwell's birth last May, Simpson tweeted, "I can't wait for the day I can walk in heels again! My feet feel homesick!"

Besides your feet swelling significantly during pregnancy (who wants to see a swollen foot stuffed into a high heel, anyway?), hormonal changes can loosen joints in the feet, creating the perfect conditions for bunions. The likelihood of tripping in high heels is higher, since your sense of balance has shifted. Has she been hearing any of the Sarah Jessica Parker news lately, about how she gave up high heels because they created deformities and damage to her feet? That'll be you next, Jessica.

We can add to the woe-are-my-high-heels club Kim Kardashian, who has also been spotting without her traditional stilettos. She recently said that she's had to give up her high heels because none of them fit anymore. The adjustment from heels to flats has made her "sad" (really, sad? How do you feel about starving children in third world countries, Kim?) but hopes things will return to normal after the baby is born. "My foot is so swollen. I will say. It really is. And I'm sad. You know, because all my shoes don't really fit me anymore. But I heard it goes back. Hopefully." Good thing you have the money to buy new sensible shoes.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton originally sparked this talk of wearing high heels during pregnancy when her famous black suede heels got caught in a grate during a St. Patrick's Day festival. An outpouring of opinions from podiatrists and medical professionals all came to the same conclusion- put the heels away during pregnancy.

"When you're pregnant, you're going to change the center of gravity... Fall over you're going to hurt yourself and the baby," said Beverly Hill Podiatric Surgeron Stanley Orwasher.

Pediatrician Jennifer Shu agrees with Dr. Orwasher, saying "As you get further along in the pregnancy you'll probably want to go to a lower heel, because your center of gravity will be constantly changing and walking in heels will be harder to manage. Usually at about 25 weeks I recommend going to a lower heel, especially if you're having a lot of back pain."

Lorraine Jones, a member of the UK's Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists says that seven in ten British women have suffered heel pain, foot and arch pain, and swollen feet and ankles during pregnancy. "Many of the pregnant celebrities you see wearing high heels in magazines are attending events so, like them, try to keep your high heeled, high fashion shoes for a special occasion and stick to a more supportive shoe on a daily basis."

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