Did you know feeding your baby in utero is not just about eating healthy while you are pregnant?

While it is well known that what you eat is important to ensure your developing baby gets the appropriate nutrients, there is one important factor to that affects this that is not well known. 

While in the womb, nutrients need to be delivered to the baby through the umbilical cord and placenta through maternal blood flow. Healthy blood flow is of vital importance during pregnancy[1].

So how do you know if your blood flow is adequate during pregnancy?

It is known that up to 80% of pregnant women will have circulation issues during pregnancy[2], with most women not even knowing if their circulation is compromised.

During pregnancy the body creates average up to 50% more blood and the heart is working up to 30% harder than usual to push blood around the body and to the growing foetus [2]. Swollen feet, dizziness and fatigue, varicose veins are all side effects of poor circulation.

It has been found that if you sit for or remain sedentary for 4 hours or more a day, blood circulation can be negatively affected [3].

So, for those with desk jobs, standing all day, babymoon road trips, flights or even if you are just planning to binge the latest series on Netflix, you won’t be starving your unborn baby, but you may need some extra help to improve circulation and ensure your maternal blood is flowing through adequately to baby.

How TheRY graduated compression leggings can improve blood flow.

Studies found that graduated compression[4] leggings and socks can help improve blood flow and need to be above 10mmHg. Graduated compression is engineered to gently exert pressure to the limbs. Graduated maternity compression leggings such as those from TheRY, exert a higher amount of compression at the ankle and decreases the level of compression up the leg. The constant pressure gradient helps improve venous return. TheRY compression leggings are TGA approved and are 15-20mmhg moderate medical grade compression.

Poor circulation and deficient blood flow has negative health outcomes for both mother and baby and should not be ignored. Poor blood flow and can compromise the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your unborn baby and cause babies to be small for their gestational age [4]

If there is only one legging to wear during pregnancy it should be a TheRY graduated compression maternity legging. They can help to improve circulation and blood flow to and from the heart, important for maternal blood flow to baby. Don’t risk it by just settling for just any other legging.

 

 

[1] Wang Y, Zhao S. Vascular Biology of the Placenta. San Rafael (CA): Morgan & Claypool Life Sciences; 2010. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53247/

[2] Monika Sanghavi and John D.Rutherford. Cardiovascular Physiology of Pregnancy. Circulation. 2014;130:1003–1008. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.009029

[3] Sophie E. Carter et al. Regular walking breaks prevent the decline in cerebral blood flow associated with prolonged sitting, Journal of Applied Physiology (2018). DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00310.2018

[4] Stanford Medicine Children's Health. Small for Gestational Age. 

[5] Graduated compression is engineered to gently exert pressure to the limbs. Graduated compression leggings exert a higher amount of compression at the ankle and decreases the level of compression up the leg. The constant pressure gradient helps improve venous return.

TheRY compression leggings are TGA approved and are 15-20mmhg moderate medical grade compression.

 

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