Compression therapy during Pregnancy
Benefits of compression therapy during pregnancy
Graduated compression hosiery is the most effective way to prevent edema or swelling. It also alleviates leg pain and heaviness and contributes to prevent spider veins or varicose veins. When using compression hosiery, the compression should be graduated, with the strongest pressure at the ankles and decreasing as it goes up the leg. Clinical studies show that graduated compression stockings are beneficial and should be a mainstay in relieving symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency during pregnancy and the post partum period (1). When you discover the benefits and comfort of compression stockings during pregnancy, you may want to continue wearing them for years after, and your legs will thank you for their improved health.
(1) Büchtemann AS, et al. – Br J Obstet Gynaecol. – 1999 June;106(6):563-9 – The effect of compression therapy in venous haemodynamics in pregnant women.