Are Compression Socks Safe to Wear During Pregnancy?

Are You Expecting?

Pregnancy is a very special time for the mom and the child to bond. Nine months of carrying a child is no easy task but definitely rewarding in the end. During pregnancy a mother can undergo a lot of difficulties. Let’s just mention the toll it takes on the legs. Because of the weight a mom has to carry, the legs feel the strain. Pregnancy can cause you to develop varicose veins.

About 30% of women who are pregnant for the first time develop varicose veins. This is according to the statistical report made by Swiss Medical Weekly. Those who are expecting can also develop DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis especially during the late stages of the pregnancy. Aside from hormonal changes there is an increase of blood clotting possibility in women who are pregnant.

So, if you are expecting a baby, it is not just the crib that you need to prepare for, you also have to take care of your legs and keep them healthy.

Pregnancy and Leg Problems

The common leg problems during pregnancy include venous disorders which are the most frequent medical conditions in the U.S. You might experience this disorder if it is your first pregnancy. You can feel heaviness on the legs, swollen feet and aching legs due to your pregnancy.

Some women are more susceptible to these problems because of their family history. If there are people in the family tree who have varicose veins and other venous disease, you might experience them as well especially when you get pregnant. If you have a venous condition before the pregnancy, you will most likely have them while pregnant. If, when pregnant, you sit and stand for prolonged period, or do not exercise regularly then you are also prone to different leg problems.

DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis and pregnancy are not uncommon. At full term, there is increase in the blood volume of a pregnant women. This can be the cause of DVT. The expanding uterus puts a lot of pressure on the blood vessels which restricts the blood flow from legs to pelvis then the heart. Slower blood flow means high risk of DVT. Even after pregnancy there is still a risk of DVT.

The pressure of the baby’s head in the pelvis area obstructs the venous outflow from the legs which can cause slowing of the blood flow, valve damage and resulting to feet and leg swelling and discomfort, and varicose veins.

Are Compression Socks Safe for Pregnant Women

The common leg problems during pregnancy include venous disorders which are the most frequent medical conditions in the U.S. You might experience this disorder if it is your first time to be pregnant. You can feel heaviness on the legs, swollen feet and aching legs due to your pregnancy.

Some women are more susceptible to these problems because of a history in the family. If there are people in the family tree who have varicose veins and other venous disease, you might experience them as well especially when you get pregnant. If you have a venous condition before the pregnancy, you will most likely have them while pregnant. If, when pregnant, you sit and stand for prolonged period, or do not exercise regularly then you are also prone to different leg problems.

Consult your doctor about your leg problems persist.

Is the Copper Ion Infused in the Material Safe?

Yes! It is actually best for pregnant women. The compression of the sleeve helps with the blood circulation in the legs. The sleeve material is embedded with copper ions. The copper (like the magnetic bracelets) is can help pull the electricity from your body and relieve ain. It is believed that a damaged nerve traps electricity in your body, and can cause pain, burning, redness, loss of appetite, insomnia, headaches and more. So using a copper-infused sleeve made by CopperJoint could help relieve the joint pain.

Also copper has antibiofouling and antimicrobial applications/properties; embedding copper into the fabric definitely helps keeping the sleeve odor free and clean from germs, and your skin can only benefit from this.

Additional benefits of wearing compression garments include:

  • Helping relieve pain from muscle stiffness and soreness.
  • Reducing the time taken for muscles to repair themselves
  • When the right amount of compression is used (will vary depending on body area, typically in the range of 10 to 25 mmHg), improving venous return and oxygenation to working muscles.

Definitely recommended for pregnant women.

Additional Tips for Keeping Your Legs Healthy During Pregnancy

  • Stay active. Exercise as much as you can.
  • Move legs regularly. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
  • Wear compression socks even after you have given birth.
  • Slightly elevate your legs when sleeping at night. This will improve blood flow.

Wearing compression socks during pregnancy is not just safe but definitely recommended especially if you have had history of leg pain even before getting pregnant. It will not only prevent swelling in your legs but also promote overall leg health.

By | 2017-04-06T23:59:56-06:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: pain relief|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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