During pregnancy, the female body focuses on the ideal care of the child. The venous system also works for two until the birth. In order to support strained veins, physicians recommend wearing medical compression stockings from the twelfth week of pregnancy. Find out in this article how this will benefit your legs.
Why do women get heavy legs during pregnancy?
On the one hand, the blood volume is increased during pregnancy to ensure the child is supplied with all it needs to grow. On the other hand, the increase in the pregnancy hormone hCG leads to a softening of the tissue in the uterus. At the same time, the venous walls also become more flexible. This expansion of the venous walls and the increased blood volume can cause the venous valves to stop working properly and the blood to flow back into the legs. As a result, many women suffer from tired legs, water retention (edema) or even unsightly varicose veins during pregnancy. The steadily increasing body weight literally “weighs heavy” on the female body and also puts strain on the veins. Wearing compression pantyhose during pregnancy helps with that.
Compression revives tired legs
The term compression comes from the Latin “comprimere” and means “squeeze”. As the word suggests, medical compression stockings exert a defined pressure on the veins, which ensures that dilated vessels can compress again and venous valves can close properly. As a result, blood return to the heart is improved and congestion is prevented. This also reduces the risk of varicose veins and water retention in the legs.
Compression stockings are medically indicated especially if you were prone to varicose veins and tired legs before pregnancy, if you have a relevant family history or if you have to sit or stand for a long time at work. But even without a corresponding predisposition, medical compression stockings can be used to prevent thrombosis and swollen legs caused by water retention. You can get the stockings on prescription or over the counter in medical supply stores and pharmacies. To ensure their effectiveness, an accurate fit is crucial.
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What should pregnant women bear in mind when wearing compression stockings?
The general rule is: in order to support your veins each day from the first step, always put the stockings on in the morning, preferably while still lying down. Ask qualified medical retail staff to explain and show you how to put them on correctly. If you need further help putting them on at home, a special donning aid – such as the VenoTrain glider – is the perfect choice. Furthermore, the stockings must be washed and dried according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure their effectiveness of at least six months is not compromised early. If you have dry skin, apply appropriate care products to your legs after wearing the compression stockings.
One of the most common accompanying symptoms during pregnancy is fluid retention, which is manifested by swelling and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. These symptoms are often felt from the feet up to the thighs. That is why, especially for pregnant women, at least thigh-high stockings are recommended – and compression pantyhose are the ideal choice.
Bauerfeind’s VenoTrain micro maternity pantyhose are the perfect product for expectant mothers. The VenoTrain micro pantyhose will win you over with clinically proven effectiveness and appealing designs. Thanks to their high microfiber content, they are very soft and elastic. The breathable medical compression stockings are very comfortable to wear during pregnancy. VenoTrain micro pantyhose are optionally available with open or closed toe. The extra-wide expansion zone around the belly adapts to its growing circumference and ensures a secure feeling during the entire pregnancy.