Should I wear compression socks during pregnancy?
Pregnancy changes your body in many ways to enable the growth of your baby, but these changes also put pressure on your legs. It is important to have the correct support for your legs to keep them healthy during pregnancy. This can be achieved through medical compression. Doctors and midwives often recommend that expectant mums wear compression socks.
The compression helps by reducing the diameter of the blood vessels in the legs, which helps the vessels’ push the blood back up to the heart. With this improved blood flow there is likely to be less swelling and discomfort, and it also reduces the risk of developing blood clots.
There are different compression ratings, from mild to firm. During pregnancy, it’s normally advised to opt for mild compression which provides 10-21 mmHg of pressure. The Interweave HealthyLegs range of anti-embolism socks provide this mild compression.