Pregnancy is a very special time for women. The pregnancy hormones and the growing child-bearing uterus have effects on the veins of the mother-to-be. In fact, 30 percent of women pregnant for the first time and 55 percent of women who have had two or more full-term pregnancies develop varicose veins.
Consequently, many experience common symptoms such as heavy, tired, aching legs and swollen feet and ankles. Varicose veins may also develop. They often appear around the fourth month of pregnancy and regress usually after the baby is born.
The risks of complications like phlebitis and trombophlebitis are increased. Deep Vein Thrombosis is the most common complication during pregnancy.
Special attention and care should be taken to avoid leg discomfort and prevent complications. The risks of venous disorders during pregnancy are further increased if the following factors are present : history of venous disease in the family, pre-existing venous condition, multiple pregnancies, prolonged sitting or standing.
Graduated compression is the most effective in preventing oedema or swelling, and in promoting better blood circulation. Wearing compression stockings during pregnancy prevents blood from pooling in the veins and reduces the increase of an elevated heart rate in both mother and child. Additionally, compression stockings may reduce the risk of varicose veins, phlebitis, and thrombosis. Compression therapy also alleviates many common symptoms such as swollen feet and ankles, or tired and achy legs.
SIGVARIS Tips for expecting mothers:
- Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
- Elevate your feet and legs
- Avoid exposure to hot temperatures (hot baths, saunas, sunbathing)
- Move, walk, swim, bike
- Refresh your legs with a cooling shower
- Wear SIGVARIS medical compression stockings
SIGVARIS offers a wide range of stockings designed to promote women’s leg health during pregnancy. Our stockings are available in several textures, fashionable colors and styles to match your needs.