Benefits of Compression Socks During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a special phase in every woman’s life. You might develop glowing skin, thicker hair, and that first kick in the womb is perhaps the loveliest feeling. At the same time, your legs have to withstand a lot during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and growth of the womb. 

Because your body produces nearly 50% more body fluid when you're pregnant, swelling is a common condition that can lead to pain or discomfort. 

Compression therapy can be used during pregnancy to prevent tension and heaviness in the legs. Wearing compression socks during pregnancy can help with discomfort and can promote better blood circulation in the legs.

Why Wear Compression Socks during Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pregnant women are five times more likely to develop DVT than nonpregnant women. 

The blood in the pregnant woman is more inclined to clot. This is thought to provide defense against losing too much blood during labor. Leg tension and swelling are signs of a possible deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This serious condition requires immediate medical attention.

DVT symptoms include pain, discolored skin, redness, and a feeling of warmth. In this condition, blood clots develop in the legs and pelvis, which break off and reach to lungs, saucing a pulmonary embolism. 

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Wearing compression socks may prevent blood clots by making it easier for the heart to keep the blood flowing. It prevents the development of varicose veins.

When Should you Wear Compression Socks

According to many medical experts, you can start wearing compression socks from the first trimester. Within the first four months, you may notice the signs of blood stagnation, swelling of the ankles, and a pulling sensation in your calves.

Further, edema occurs more often in hot weather and late evening. So, you should ideally can put on compression socks in the morning before you get out of bed. Take off the socks upon retiring for the night or any time you would like to put your feet up for a bit. 

If you face difficulty putting on the stockings during the later stages of pregnancy, you can ask help from your loved ones.

Finally, compression stockings are not recommended if they do not feel good on your skin or cause any medical complications or discomfort.

Undoubtedly, pregnancy involves some possible unpleasant changes and complications. Compression socks in pregnancy are an easy thing to try for women struggling with painful, swollen legs. 

There are hundreds of styles and colors, along with different lengths and sizes. When buying a pair, make sure you choose the right type and size that suits your dimensions and needs and always ask your physician which strength of compression you should get.

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