Growing a tiny human is an incredibly big job! A huge strain is being placed on your body as you are nurturing your baby during pregnancy. Did you know that a surprising 30% of first pregnancies cause varicose veins in the mother? And nearly 60% of second and third pregnancies will not only cause varicose veins, but increase your risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis? These are scary statistics that can cause lifelong leg pain. Included here are a few ways to keep your legs healthy during pregnancy and prevent your risk of developing these unpleasant conditions.
Utilize Compression Hosiery
The last thing you want when you are pregnant is to deal with another complicated article of clothing. However, studies have shown that using a well-made compression hosiery can help prevent varicose veins and lower risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Compression hose and socks help improve circulation by forcing blood back up to your heart.
During pregnancy, your blood volume can increase by as much as 50% and the hormones produced during pregnancy affect how easily the blood coagulates. Additionally, the heightened levels of progesterone in your system can cause the veins to dilate and become less elastic. Using compression hose can help combat all of these symptoms and reduce your fatigue while you are pregnant. [Read more…]