For years mums have had to put up with painful varicose veins after pregnancy. Varicose veins occur where small valves inside the veins stop working properly, causing aching, swollen and painful legs.
However, women needn’t suffer with this horrible side affect of pregnancy any longer, as the solution could be as simple as wearing support hosiery. Before many women have waited until they have given birth until they start to wear support tights, but if you wear them throughout pregnancy you can help avoid these horrible side effects.
Naomi Jarman, from compression hosiery retailer Pebble UK, explains “You can help prevent many vein related problems caused by pregnancy such as swollen ankles from water retention, spider and varicose veins, heavy or aching feelings in legs and feet, and even varicosities of the Vulva, by wearing compression hosiery as early as you can throughout your pregnancy.”
If you’re put off the idea of wearing thick support tights throughout pregnancy you don’t have to worry either. Naomi continues, “Support hosiery has come a long way over the years and you do not have to go out looking like your granny any more. Our range of Maternity Support Tights include fashionable sheers and opaques, no one would even know you’re wearing medical grade tights.”
To get the best effects from your tights you should ensure you choose the correct type. Many support tights have the same amount of pressure all the way up, whereas graduated compression hosiery exerts pressure gradually up the leg, starting with most at the ankle and less as it gets further up the leg, helping blood flow up the legs and back towards the Heart. Naomi advises, “Make sure your compression hosiery is made with an mmHg (a medical measurement of compression), as without it you will not gain the medically correct therapeutic benefits in your legs, and the purchase will be a waste of money and time.”
In addition to not being the most attractive asset to your legs, varicose veins can also lead to serious health conditions. Varicose veins are caused by a breakdown of important valves that transport blood towards the heart; if valves remain unsupported they start to swell causing circulation problems. Varicose veins can also lead to phlebitis, inflammation of the vein wall, requiring surgery.
As well as wearing support hosiery, varicose veins can be avoided with exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to become an Olympic runner during your pregnancy, but simply going for walks can help push the blood back up from your feet to the heart. Naomi explains, “Veins work in conjunction with the movement of your muscles, so the more you move, the better your circulation will be. Keeping legs elevated whilst resting will help prevent the pooling of blood behind the valves in your veins, hence yoga positions that require legs pointing towards the sky, will also have a good effect on your blood flow.”
Pebble UK have a wide range of graduated compression maternity tights specifically designed to the attentive needs of mums-to-be. Not only do Maternity Support Tights give help and protection over the full length of a woman’s legs, but at Pebble UK, they also offer features such as footless maternity tights, built-in bump bands, textured massaging soles, soft, comfortable waistbands, cotton gussets and expanding tummy panels, you can choose between sheer and opaque in a range of compression levels to suit your individual needs, and to pamper the changing body from waist to toe.
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