Tired and swollen legs and feet are common for many pregnant ladies, particularly those who are on their feet all day or who travel often. Compression socks can help prevent swelling and keep your legs and feet feeling energized until you can take that next nap. Today, there are lots of stylish, lightweight compression socks made just for pregnant women. You can choose from simple styles and solid colors, or show off cute, contrasting socks with every outfit.
I started wearing compression socks... when I was pregnant with my youngest son. My ankles only swelled when I traveled, so I got into the habit of putting on a pair of light compression socks before I hit the road. I've continued that practice whenever I travel or have a lot of walking or standing to do. Maternity compression socks work quite well even after the baby arrives! My legs always feel great with the extra support.
When you buy compression socks, it's important to remember that they should fit fairly tight in order to increase circulation and give support that prevents swelling. However, there's a fine line between compression and tight socks that pinch and reduce circulation! Make sure you follow the sizing guide for the brand you're purchasing. You can't just throw on a pair in a hurry, either, or you may pull a hole in them. Compression socks should be gently rolled up your leg or gradually eased up into place, more like a pair of stockings versus traditional socks.
Like most compression socks, the maternity types are rated by the amount of support they offer. The measurement used is millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Lightweight to moderate compression, 10-15 mmHg or 15-20 mmHg, is the ideal range for maternity or everyday socks. Higher numbers with higher levels of support, and a tighter fit, are available. However, you should check with your doctor before using more compression. The higher levels of support are generally recommended for people with a medical need for compression. Also note, any swelling you experience in pregnancy, especially a sudden change in the amount of swelling, should be mentioned to your doctor.
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Vim & Vigr offers any different types of maternity compression socks, but my favorites are their nylon collection. These knee-high socks come in several contrasting striped styles. They're cute enough to be an intentional part of your outfit, and even through a whole day of walking around a trade show, my legs felt amazing with the added support. I was also able to get through a long plane ride without any ankle swelling with Vim & Vigr socks. If you prefer polka dots or argyle, also... check out their cotton collection. (Buy on Amazon.com)
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The ankle height nylon socks in this collection are fantastic for those who don't need a full height sock. There are extra padded sections under the heel and ball of the foot for added comfort. I've worn these for road trips and on long walking days, and they're perfect for keeping ankle swelling at bay. The ankle socks are available in solid colors and stripes, and the company offers full-length striped styles, too.
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When it's time to break out your skirts and dresses, a pair of these maternity tights add polish and support. They have lightweight graduated support with more compression at the ankle and less toward the top, but there's a supportive compression panel over the belly, too. You can push it down below your belly, as well. They come in neutrals and several fun colors. Lots of moms say these tights run small, and they're definitely harder to put on versus regular tights, so shop sizes... accordingly.
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These moderate compression socks are made of a posh-feeling blend of wool, nylon, rayon, and spandex. The spandex helps maintain the same level of compression even when you wear them all day. Unlike other wool or cotton socks, they won't stretch out by the end of the day. They come in many striped color selections, as well as some solid colors, and they have a built-in arch support.