Pregnancy brings the miracle of life but unfortunately, it can also bring pain and discomfort to your legs. Swollen feet, tired aching legs and a feeling of heaviness in the legs are among everyday symptoms that pregnant women typically experience. This is largely due to blocked circulation caused by prevalent changes in one’s body as well as hormonal factors during pregnancy.
Factors affecting circulation during pregnancy:
- A woman's blood volume increases by 30 -50% which puts strain on the circulatory system.
- An increase in the hormone progesterone relaxes the lining of the veins and slows venous return
- As the baby grows it puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, a large vein which collects blood from the lower body. This increases the blood pressure in the lower body putting pressure on the vein walls.
- Slower blood flow increases the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots
Hormonal Factors During and After Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase blood coagulability, a measure of how easily blood clots. Studies have shown the following risk factors associated with pregnancy:
- Pregnant women have a six times higher risk of blood clots (DVT) than women who aren't pregnant.
- The Risk continues to remain high - up to 10 times higher for at least 6 weeks postpartum. The risk of clots returns to normal after 18 weeks following delivery.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy can increase a woman's risk up to 5 fold
- The risk of a blood clot (DVT) is 3-4 x greater in women using oral contraceptives
- On average 1-2 women in 1000 will get a DVT or pulmonary embolism during pregnancy
Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
Unsightly and painful Varicose Veins and Spider Veins show up during pregnancy due to poor blood circulation.
Various studies have been made about the prevalence of varicose veins during pregnancy. Estimates show that around 50 - 70% of pregnant women will develop one type of varicose veins, including minor forms such as telangiectasias (spider veins).
Benefits of Compression socks for Pregnancy:
- Alleviates many common symptoms such as swollen feet and ankles or tired and achy legs
- Reduces risk of blood clots and DVT during pregnancy and after delivery
- Contributes to prevent spider veins or varicose veins
Dr. Segal's Compression Socks promote women’s leg health during and after pregnancy. Our socks are available in several fashionable colors and prints to match your style. Browse our maternity collection (15-20mmHg) that provides the right compression level for moms and moms-to-be.