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Compression stockings can prevent discomfort during pregnancy

When you become pregnant and the initial euphoria has subsided, you may experience the first nuisances, one of the most common being morning sickness. But did you know that the foetus can be the cause of discomfort when it is only 20 cm in size? The main nuisances that pregnant women experience are tired legs, swollen feet, varicose veins and an increased risk of blood clots.
Fortunately, pregnant women can do something themselves to avoid vein problems – by wearing compression stockings, for instance.
Already early in pregnancy, a lot of women experience problems such as sore legs and feet; some even experience these problems before the foetus measures 1 cm. The reasons for this include hormonal changes in the body, a 20% increase of the blood volume and, not least, increased body weight. What happens during pregnancy is that the uterus grows and the baby’s head presses on the veins in the pelvis, thus inhibiting the flow of blood to the heart. And as the stomach grows, the heavier the head gets and the more impaired you get. Furthermore, because of the increase in weight, the peristaltic pump is less activated.
Now, what can be done to prevent these nuisances which are very inconvenient to some pregnant women? We recommend the use of compression stockings. It needs to be mentioned, however, that fortunately vein problems are usually transient. But it should still be emphasized that pregnant women are more susceptible to broken veins and varicose veins, and, in fact, the risk is greater during the second pregnancy than during the first, so don’t forget to wear compression stockings during your second pregnancy.
At which point during your pregnancy should you start wearing compression stockings?
It is advisable to wear compression stockings from the third month of pregnancy and until two months after you have given birth, or as long as you are breastfeeding the baby. Compression stockings are said to be long-lasting, so they can still be of benefit to you after your pregnancy when you are taking good, long strolls with the pram to get rid of some of the extra kilos you have gained during your pregnancy.
Most pregnant women will benefit from wearing compression stockings, but in any case you should ask your doctor or midwife whether you should wear them only during the day or whether you would benefit from wearing them 27/4. In the latter case, it would be a good idea to wear a pair of ordinary compression stockings during the night as panty hoses might make you feel too hot.