Preparing for Changes
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes, including an increase in blood volume and fluid; this fluid can remain in the interstitial spaces of the tissues, which may cause swelling, often in the legs, ankles and feet.
Pregnancy and Varicose Veins
Hormonal changes and weight-gain are two factors that contribute to the increased development of varicosities during pregnancy. Many times varicose veins will show up during the pregnancy and disappear soon after the baby is born.
Using Compression Therapy
Maternity graduated compression stockings are specially designed to expand with you during pregnancy, so there is no restriction in the abdominal region. Worn during the day, these compression stockings counteract swelling and protect against varicose veins by applying a light, soothing pressure to the exterior portion of the legs, which helps prevent fluid from accumulating.
If you’re pregnant and are experiencing tired, aching legs, or excessive swelling in the lower legs and ankles, ask your primary care provider about wearing maternity graduated compression stockings.