Benefits of Compression Hosiery During Pregnancy
With a baby on the way, there is always an endless list of things to prepare for and read up on. Keeping your body healthy while you’re pregnant is one of the most important things to stay on top of. Most women experience swelling, aches and pains in their legs, ankles and feet when they are expecting. While you can elevate your legs and apply ice to sooth these problems, there is another way to relieve the pain and even prevent these symptoms from occurring.
If you suffer from tired, aching legs, especially when you sit or stand for a long time, wearing compression socks help reduce discomfort. When you are pregnant, you are more at risk of developing varicose veins. In fact, 40% of women develop varicose veins during pregnancy. This condition occurs when your blood is not circulating properly. Compression hosiery helps to prevent varicose veins from forming by pumping blood back to your heart from your legs. Gradient compression improves circulation in your legs, which helps to prevent blood clots and reduce fatigue. Products with gradient compression apply the most pressure at the ankle, and decreases as you go up the leg. Maternity Pantyhose are a great way to keep your legs happy, healthy and energized. Compression helps to keep you on your feet all day without the swelling and pain. Most importantly, compression garments are completely safe to wear while you are pregnant.
Expecting mothers can really benefit from these products because they help reduce the amount of strain on the body. The Medi Comfort Maternity Pantyhose, which are made using 3D knitting technology and microfiber yarns for a luxurious, soft fit. In addition, they are antimicrobial, meaning they fight off bacteria and prevent odor. You can even machine wash and dry them. If you are looking for maternity pantyhose that won’t break the bank, try a pair of Allegro Sheer Maternity Pantyhose. Time is precious, so save it and prevent daily discomfort and swelling just by adding compression! If pantyhose aren’t your style, you can also wear knee highs or thigh highs to keep your feet and legs from aching or swelling.
You can benefit from wearing compression socks on a daily basis, especially if you find yourself traveling a lot or if you are overweight. Most people think that compression socks are for your grandma, but they’re not. In fact, compression garments are appearing on runways in Europe and in professional sports. Many basketball and football players regularly wear compression leg and arm sleeves to step their game up, reduce recovery time and prevent injuries like shin splints.
Compression garments are available in a variety of colors and sizes including pantyhose, thigh highs and knee highs in four different compression levels. Usually, 15-20 mmHg or 20-30 mmHg of compression is best if you are pregnant. For mild to moderate swelling, try products that provide 15-20mmHg of compression. If you are full-figured, have moderate to severe varicose veins or want to prevent swelling and discomfort, wear products featuring 20-30mmHg of compression. If you have a hard time getting your stockings on or if you have a hard time bending at the waist, try using the Medi Assure Donning Butler. Check out the video on the product page to see just how easy it is. Another option is to use the CompressionAssist Donning Aide, a hypoallergenic skin lubricant that makes it easier to get your stockings on without ruining the fabric.
The bottom line is that there are tons of resources and products out there to help guide you through your pregnancy and keep you healthy. Compression socks help on a daily basis to keep you comfortable all day or night. The best part is that they are something you can wear any time to benefit the body. You will be amazed how great you look and feel after a long day on your feet without the pain and swelling. Try a pair today and see for yourself!
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Compression Garments Post-Pregnancy
Did you know that compression garments can also help post-pregnancy? A model recently credited her dramatic weight-loss after having a baby to wearing compression shorts. Rebecca Judd, an insanely beautiful Australian model and TV presenter, says she did not diet – she simply wore a pair of compression shorts that her doctor prescribed all day, every day.
Judd is not the only woman in the public eye who has recommended compression garments to get her body-before-baby back. Jessica Alba, mother of two, told Net-A-Porter that she wore a compression corset to bring back her slim physique:
“It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” she qualifies. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it.
While these garments don't actually cause you to lose weight, they do help to support the muscles as they heal. Since athletes wear compression garments to help speed up muscle recovery, this makes sense. Many compression brands offer the benefits of increased circulation as well as the benefits of shapewear. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your body after pregnancy, certainly wearing shapewear can be very helpful in creating a smooth, slim appearance and getting you back into your pre-pregnancy jeans. And, if you’ve had trouble with varicose veins during pregnancy – compression leggings, socks and stockings are proven to help relieve and prevent those from occurring again.
If you’re interested in wearing compression garments post-pregnancy, we recommend the Solidea Abdominal Band. This band has a special micro massage fabric which activates circulation under the skin and has been shown to reduce cellulite and prevent scar formation. Additionally, the silver in the fabric eliminates bacteria which can help wounds heal if you’ve had a caesarian section.
If you’re looking for additional shapewear options, look through Solidea’s other products which include shaping leggings and pantyhose – all with graduated compression. Additionally RejuvaHealth offers a slimming black legging with mild compression – comfortable and effective.