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During pregnancy, the body works harder than most women realise. It creates 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.
Up to 80% of pregnant women will have circulation issues during pregnancy. Thankfully, there are compression garments to help with this. Help prevent severe varicose veins and reduce fluid retention; relieve tired swollen legs, feet and even those dreaded cankles. Graduated compression has also been found to help reduce symptoms of morning sickness and helps to reduce the risk of dvt and blood clots from long periods of standing or sitting – whether you are at a job where you are on your feet all day, travelling on holidays or a babymoon, doctor’s orders for bedrest or planning to not move from the couch and binge the latest series over the weekend.
Poor circulation and deficient blood flow has important health outcomes for both mother and baby and should not be ignored. If there is only one legging to wear during pregnancy it should be a TGA approved, graduated compression legging.
Another area compression garments can help during pregnancy is with sore swollen hands and wrists and the associated weakness. About 35% of women experience carpal tunnel syndrome at later stages of pregnancy and can continue after birth. Compression wrist sleeves can help deliver targeted compression to stabilise and provide support to help
- Tingling, burning feeling, and numbness or pain in fingers and wrists
- Reduce fluid build-up to relieve swelling in hands.
How do compression garments help after pregnancy?
Our bodies go through enormous change throughout pregnancy so it is no surprise it can take some time to recover. As the body heals, graduated compression as well as targeted compression can help in several ways:
- Graduated compression leggings & socks can help improve circulation. The risk of blood clots in your legs is increased 3-5x during pregnancy and in the first 6 weeks after birth.
- Following birth, more time is spent sitting - feeding, & resting, this can exacerbate the swelling of legs. Graduated compression can help improve blood flow & reduce swelling.
- Targeted compression helps support with abdominal separation & recovery. About 60% of women will have problems with abdominal separation (diastasis recti) following birth.
- Compression wrist sleeves can help provide targeted support to provide relief to allow you to get on with day-to-day activities and continue caring for your baby.