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Pregnancy is an exciting time for women, but swelling, spider and varicose veins, and exhaustion are a few not so fun side effects. BUT, compression socks, tights and stockings can actually help eliminate these side effects, so you can get back to enjoying pregnancy.
So, what's going on with your circulatory system during pregnancy that's causing these aches and pains? As you probably remember from anatomy class in high school, veins are responsible for sending blood back to your heart for fresh oxygen. Even before you became pregnant, the veins in your legs were working extra hard during the day to fight gravity and push blood back to your heart. As your baby and uterus grow, more and more pressure is put on the veins in your legs AND while you're pregnant the amount of blood in your body is actually increased, so your veins are burdened by a lot of pressure and responsibility. This added pressure causes:
Spider & Varicose Veins: Varicose and spider veins are swollen veins, often appearing as blue, red or flesh colored cords along your legs. Varicose veins can be raised above the skin, while spider veins can look like a pen stroke on your leg. Varicose veins can cause aches and pains in your legs.
Swollen Ankles and Legs: Pregnancy swelling is actually pooled blood and fluid that hasn't been moved by your circulatory system.
Exhaustion: It's taking longer for your circulatory system to get fresh oxygenated blood to your feet and legs now, which can actually make your legs feel heavy and your whole body tired.
Our compression socks and stockings contain graduated compression, which is strongest at the ankle and decreases further up the leg. This compression of the lower leg take pressure off of your venous system, pushing blood up your leg, reducing swelling, preventing spider and varicose veins and improving energy levels.
Compression level: If you are new to compression, try the 10-15 mmHg or 15-20 mmHg compression level. If you have severe varicose veins, talk to your doctor to see if you can use 20-30 mmHg
Style: Depends on your personal preferences! You can wear knee highs, thigh highs or specialty maternity pantyhose and leggings.
How to Wear: Expecting moms should put their compression socks, stockings or leggings on first thing in the morning to see the greatest improvements.
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