Pregnancy is a very unique time in life. It’s a time full of excitement and joy coupled with new experiences and a changin body, no matter who you are -- a first-time momma or a mom of many. We’re talking about increases in hormones, blood levels, body fluids, and weight that can lead to pain and swelling, especially in the back as well as legs and feet. In fact, nearly 80% of women experience some kind of discomfort in their legs and feet during pregnancy. Luckily, a few things that can be done to help combat uncomfortable symptoms, compression socks included.
Pregnancy-Related Feet and Leg Symptoms
As mentioned above, when pregnant, all sorts of things are moving around, growing, and intensifying – all positive things when it comes to preparing for childbirth, Unfortunately, these changes can disrupt how the body normally functions, which can lead to:
- Pain in joints and ligaments
- Heaviness of extremities
- Varicose veins
For example, an expanding womb displaces organs and puts pressure on a large vein, which can affect blood flow to the legs. On top of that, the extra water that is needed to help the baby grow is often pulled down and collected in lower body parts. Hello swelling, pain, heaviness, and varicose veins galore!
Things That Can Reduce Discomfort
Fortunately for many women, while the following suggestions can’t entirely eliminate the above symptoms, they have been proven to reduce them greatly.
- Try not to stand for long periods
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Rest with feet up
- Get a massage or rub the legs and feet
- Drink plenty of water
- Keep moving and exercise
- Wear compression socks
Please note, if you have any concerns about sudden swelling or pain as well as what to do about any of the above symptoms, ask your doctor.
How Compression Socks Can Help
Known for their ability to improve circulation that in turn helps decrease swelling, pain, and the appearance of varicose veins, compression socks are a maternity survival kit must-have. Wearing them towards the end of the second and throughout the third trimesters could just provide much-needed relief.
The gentle squeezing of the sock helps the extra blood and water move throughout the legs. As the fluids move, swelling will lessen.
Achy, stiff, sore feet and legs are a common complaint of women who are further along in their pregnancy. Luckily, compression socks, with their ability to boost circulation can ease a lot of discomforts with their ability to boost circulation.
Dark purple veins are not just unsightly, they can be painful. Again, thanks to the subtle pressure of compression socks, circulation is improved along with the appearance of varicose veins.
What to Consider When Picking the Right Socks
One thing that many people may not know is that not all compression socks are made equally. Yes, that is right. The two main types are anti-embolism stockings -- usually used in medical situations -- as well as graduated compression socks -- used by athletes and in normal day-to-day life, the kind Crazy Compression offers. That said, pregnant women only need to wear the graduated type. However, here are some things to consider when picking the right socks.
As a general rule of thumb, when it comes to the size of compression socks, there is no need to size up or down for your normal fit.
The right pressure compression socks will provide a gentle squeeze. If the fabric digs into the skin, opt for a lighter level.
There is no way around it, when pregnant it can be hard to bend over and pull. Therefore, the long socks that need to be rolled up the leg may be difficult. With that in mind, it might be a good idea to test out short, ankle, and below-the-knee lengths.
Pregnancy is a unique journey that comes with a variety of ever-changing symptoms. Having on hand a few things -- like compression socks -- that work to improve comfort is always smart. On top of that, if you need any help choosing the best socks for you, reach out to us at any time, we are always here to help.