Pregnancy is a challenging and exciting time. The extra weight can cause discomfort in the legs and back. There’s an easy way to relieve some of the pain. Just put on a pair of compression hoses.
These socks, also known as compression stockings or leggings, gently hug your legs to provide support and comfort for tired, swollen limbs.
What are compression socks?
Compression socks help your vessels to work more efficiently. Compression socks improve Circulation by relaxing the muscles and arteries of your lower legs and encouraging blood flow back to the heart.
Compression socks come in various lengths and can be customized to meet your needs. Stockings below the knee help reduce ankles, calves, and feet swelling. Thigh-high compression socks prevent blood from pooling in your veins.
There are two types of compression socks: anti-embolism socks and graduated socks.
Anti-embolism stockings. These socks maintain Circulation and help prevent blood clots. These socks are typically worn by patients who must stay in bed following surgery.
You graduated in Compression Socks. The majority of people, including women who are pregnant, wear graduated compression hoses with different tightness levels. The socks are tightest at the ankles and loosen up as they reach your knees and thighs. Speak to your doctor if you are still determining the level of pressure that works best for you.
Compression socks can help relieve pregnancy discomfort.
Women can experience discomfort during pregnancy due to hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, and other changes in the body.
The body releases relaxin, a hormone that helps to loosen ligaments. It can help prepare you for birth but can also cause pain and aches in your body. You are also more susceptible to injury. Leg cramps can be expected during the third trimester. Stretching may help, but more is needed.
Compression socks during pregnancy: Benefits
Compression socks can help reduce pregnancy discomfort. Compression socks can provide several benefits, including:
Reduced Swelling Your body produces 50% extra fluid when you are pregnant. Excess swelling can result. Compression socks can help relieve discomfort by applying gentle pressure.
Improved Circulation and less pain. Your uterus puts more pressure on the veins as it grows. Certain hormones can make you more susceptible to blood clots. This can lead to conditions like Deep Vein Thrombosis. Compression socks can help prevent blood clots and pooling. An increase in Circulation can help relieve body pain.
Fewer Varicose Veins. Varicose Veins are more likely to develop during pregnancy. Blood collects in the veins instead of flowing to the heart. This causes the veins to become enlarged.
Their deep purple or blue color identifies varicose veins. These veins may appear as tiny knots or lines running up and down the legs. Compression socks can improve blood flow, which reduces the size of veins.
When shopping for compression socks, here are some factors to consider:
Size. You’ll typically look for compression socks the same size as regular socks or shoes. Some brands have lettered sizes similar to those of pantyhose. Most are divided into small, medium, or large. To find the best fit, read the label.
Pressure. Compression socks provide gentle support, as promised. You will feel more compression, but you should ensure that the compression level is right for you. Choose a lower grade if the fabric is too tight or digs into your skin. Finding the right brand or pair may take a while.
Practicality. Compression stockings are not worn like socks. Instead, they must be rolled up on your legs. You will find it harder to bend over as you get closer to the end of pregnancy. Make sure that they are easy to put on and take off.
When to Consult Your Doctor
If you wear compression socks during pregnancy to relieve discomfort, there is no need for a prescription. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor.
- Itchy skin, redness, or changes in the color of your skin are often signs of infection
- Only one leg is affected by swelling or pain. This could be a sign of a blood clot.