Maternity compression stockings or socks will help you maintain healthy legs during pregnancy! Pregnancy is a very special time for women. During pregnancy, hormones and the growing child-bearing uterus have effects on the veins of the mother-to-be. In fact, 30 percent of women pregnant for the first time and 55 percent of women who have had two or more full-term pregnancies develop varicose veins. Wearing compression stockings will help for this not to happen! At Happy Feet Pedorthics we say do it!
When not wearing maternity compression stockings or socks many women develop the common symptoms such as heavy, tired, aching legs and swollen feet and ankles. Varicose veins may also develop. They often appear around the fourth month of pregnancy and regress usually after the baby is born. At the most special time of a baby growing, the wearing of maternity compression stockings or socks during pregnancy, spider veins and varicose veins tend not to get worse and may not become painful, warm, and take a purple colour. Cramps in the legs may not occur as often and are not as painful when the woman wears maternity compression stockings or socks.
Whist wearing maternity compression stockings or socks the team at Happy Feet Pedorthics also suggests the following for women during the pregnancy:
- Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
- Elevate your feet and legs
- Avoid exposure to hot temperatures (hot baths, saunas, sunbathing)
- Move, walk, swim, bike ride
- Refresh your legs with a cool shower
- Wear maternity compression stockings or socks
Maternity compression stockings or socks which are graduated compression hosiery are the most effective way to prevent oedema or swelling. It also alleviates leg pain and heaviness and contributes to prevent spider veins or varicose veins.
Make a time for a fitting at Happy Feet Pedorthics so we can measure you up for maternity compression stockings or socks. We wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!