Being pregnant and becoming a mom is one the happiest times for most women, and despite potential risks, we would all agree that they’re worth the bundle of joy we will enjoy for the rest of our lives. One of the less pleasant experiences we face during pregnancy is the formation of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. These are not uncommon at all – a woman’s body goes through many cardinal changes withing the 9 months: the growing uterus starts putting pressure on your pelvic blood vessels resulting in poor circulation, the blood volume in your body increases, levels of progesterone increase which causes the veins to dilate and the blood to pool aroung your ankles and calves.
If varicose veins run in your family, the risk of varicose vein formation during your pregnancy is even higher. That’s why you should take any possible precautions you can. The medications you are allowed to take when pregnant are limited, but there still a few uselful tips on what to do to alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins: elevating legs, moderate exercise, weight gain management, sleeping on the left side, etc. One of the things that have proven extremely helpful are compression stockings.
Compression stockings, socks and pantyhose compress your legs and thus support healthy blood circulation. The pressure on the legs and ankles is quite significant; it compresses the surface veins and arteries, so that more blood can return to your heart and less blood is allowed to pool in your feet and calves. There are 4 different compression levels you can choose from, all of which can be worn throughout your pregnancy, depending on how severely affected your veins are.
What’s more, you can now buy Maternity Compression Legwear which comes in the form pantyhose. Taking your measures accurately could be tricky, though. When in doubt, ask your physician or pharmacist to assist you with the measuring, so you can fully enjoy the many benefits Maternity Compression Legwear brings:
- Proper blood circulation
- Pain relief
- Swelling reduction
- No more cramps or fatigue
- Deep vein thrombosis prevention