Pregnancies can cause many changes to your body, some of which can be uncomfortable and, potentially, dangerous. Expecting mothers are more susceptible to aching legs, varicose veins, and even deep vein thrombosis (DVT) due to the higher blood volumes and hormonal changes. Though scary, you can reduce your risk of developing these conditions during pregnancy by wearing maternity compression stockings.
Maternity pantyhose use graduated compression to improve blood flow and promote circulation throughout the body. This helps your veins send blood back to your heart more efficiently, which helps relieve some of the painful symptoms that come with pregnancy. When wearing compression stockings for pregnancy, you’ll start to feel relief from swollen feet and aching legs. Maternity support hose can also help ease leg cramps and can ease or prevent varicose veins and spider veins.
If you are worried about the wellbeing of your baby, maternity compression stockings are completely safe to wear during the span of your pregnancy. Maternity pantyhose are designed with breathable, durable fabric and an adjustable waist band that provides needed support to your growing belly without putting the baby at risk.
Not sure what kind of pantyhose to get? Your doctor will have the best recommendation based on your needs, but in general, lower levels of compression, like 8-15 mmHg, are best for milder symptoms. For more severe symptoms, higher levels of compression are needed. It’s also worth noting that compression pantyhose are not the same thing as regular nylon stockings, tights, or elastic hosiery.
BrightLife Direct doesn’t just want you to feel good during your pregnancy – we want you to look good, too. That’s why we offer brands that will give you the support you need without having to give up your sense of style. Looking for even more styles? Check out the maternity collection on our fashion compression site, BrightLife Go.