Let’s Talk Pregnancy & Compression Socks
They may not be sexy, they may not be attractive, and they definitely may not be fashionable, but there is one thing we desperately need to talk about if you're a pregnant lady right now:
If you haven't heard of them, let me enlighten you on the beauty and necessity of compression socks and try to convince you that you, too, should invest in a pair of these sexy pregnancy essentials.
Compression socks are basically long, tighter-fitting socks that can reach up to just above your calf. You can purchase them online or in any pretty much any store, although they do make special maternity versions as well.
They help push the blood in your lower extremities back up to your heart, improving circulation and reducing swelling. When you're pregnant, you have extra blood and extra fluid, which means your heart is working extra hard to keep stuff moving. Consider the fact that your feet are so far away from your heart and all that extra fluid you have and you get some sluggish circulation in your legs.
This can lead to a lot of problems, including varicose veins, even more swelling, and sometimes blood clots. Wearing compression socks can help reduce those complications and just make you more comfortable, too.
So who should wear compression socks when they are pregnant?
- Anyone who will be spending lots of time on their feet, for one. I worked 13-hour shifts as a nurse through my first three pregnancies and allow me to assure you that the results on my legs were not pretty. Not pretty at all, my friends. If you have a job like I did and spend lots of time on your feet, such as waitressing, teaching, or working as a bank teller, get ye some compression socks, pronto.
- Anyone traveling while pregnant. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that you should wear compression socks if you will be spending a lot of time flying in an airplane because they will help reduce swelling and lower your risk of getting a blood clot.
- Anyone who suffers from varicose veins. Varicose veins are no joke — they can be unsightly but even more important, very uncomfortable to women who have them. Although many times they resolve on their own after pregnancy, some women may even need surgery to correct them. In the meantime, however, compression socks can help reduce their severity and keep you more comfortable.
Did you wear compression socks during your pregnancy? Did they help?