If you’re pregnant, you should seriously consider purchasing a maternity support hose, or compression socks. While they have many uses outside of maternity, their function remains the same. These compression apparatuses stimulate blood flow in the area they are being used to provide comfort.
When you’re pregnant you may experience Edema. Edema presents itself as swelling in your feet, legs, and other extremities. Maternity compression socks can prevent the formation of varicose veins and combat the swelling from Edema. During pregnancy, women are creating fifty percent more blood and fluids to nurture their growing baby, so naturally, their body begins to swell. Changes in the face and hands are also common. Swelling caused by this typically shows in the fifth month and increases during the third trimester. Other activities that could be at fault are standing for long periods of time or being exposed to extreme heat.
Compression socks also increase everyday comfort by improving blood flow in your legs, ankles, and feet. Socks and hoses should be firm, but not too tight, and can be any size from ankle socks all the way up to leggings. If you are unsure what size or style might work best for you, consult your doctor.