Feb. 28, 2012— -- intro: Even with her huge baby bump, Jessica Simpson is sticking to her heels.
The pregnant singer recently stepped out to do a bit of shopping in towering platform heels. She coordinated brown sky-high peep-toe shoes with a suede handbag and long rust-colored dress.
Fortunately, she had an assistant with her to tote around the bags she collected during a shopping excursion at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
The 31-year-old pop star and actress, who is engaged to NFL player Eric Johnson, told Us Weekly she had no intention of going lighter on her feet.
"I'm probably going to deliver my baby in these [4-inch YSL heels]," she joked to the magazine.
Stilettos for pregnant women are not inherently dangerous, according to doctors. But when a woman's weight and shape change during pregnancy, so does her center of gravity. Because of this, she may be more prone to falls, falls that could have dire consequences. Otherwise, a lot of the risk is to her own comfort.
Dr. Manuel Porto, professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, also said that most pregnant women use an arched back posture to accommodate the change, which often leads to low back pain. Wearing high-heeled shoes and boots can exacerbate the problem, especially as feet start to swell in the later months.
"Most obstetricians recommend that patients wear flat shoes or those with less than a two-inch heel, especially in the third trimester," Porto said.
Try telling that to these celebrities. Click through to see the list of stars who won't let pregnancy interfere with fashion.
ABCNews.com's Mikaela Conley contributed to this report.
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