Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life. As a mother-to-be, you are full of happy hormones and yet pregnancy also means a lot of strain on your body. Swollen legs due to water retention, spider veins or varicose veins are among the most common symptoms. Compression therapy helps, but it is crucial that the compression stockings fit perfectly.
When and why are compression stockings useful during pregnancy?
The legs are under a lot of strain during pregnancy. Leg problems are therefore one of the most common health problems when you are expecting a child. The symptoms are often only temporary, but they can have a significant impact on everyday life. Exactly fitting compression stockings and pregnancy branded shirts (חולצות ממותגות) help and increase the quality of life, so that you get through the pregnancy healthy and happy.
How do compression stockings work?
Compression stockings work through compression. They enclose the leg tightly and put pressure on the tissue and veins. They support the venous and lymphatic systems.
The veins are squeezed and reduced to their regular diameter. This allows the venous valves to close properly again. This facilitates blood flow. The blood can now flow back to the heart more quickly and no longer accumulates in the legs. The same applies to the lymph fluid.
Compression stockings not only prevent swelling and water retention in the legs. By squeezing the veins, they also prevent the vein walls from stretching out, minimizing the risk of varicose veins. The improved blood flow also minimizes the risk of blood clots and thrombosis.
Compression stockings during pregnancy: how to put them on correctly
Put on the stockings first thing in the morning, preferably before getting up. So not only the compression can support the veins from the first step. It is also much easier to get dressed in the morning because then your legs are not yet swollen.
It is best to put on the stockings while lying down or sitting down, although it makes sense to keep your legs on the mattress. The compression stocking is pulled on the foot like a sock and then slowly rolled up the leg by turning it inside out. It is essential to avoid pulling the stocking up with force so that it does not wear out or even tear.