As your pregnancy develops, you may develop spider veins, varicose veins, edema and fatigue. Often, you may find your feet and ankles are swollen by the end of the day. A good way to prevent these problems is to wear graduated compression hosiery (knee-highs, thigh-highs or maternity pantyhose). Maternity pantyhose:
Ease leg cramps
Diminish or prevent varicose veins
Reduce edema or swelling
Alleviate leg pain
Help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
A Few Important Facts
Compression pantyhose are not the same thing as regular nylon stockings, tights, or elastic hosiery.
Lower levels of compression, like 8-15mmHg are best for milder symptoms. For more severe symptoms, higher levels of compression are needed.
Don't guess at the level of compression you need - ask your doctor.
The chart below provides the brand names of the maternity pantyhose and the levels of compression provided.