What’s Appropriate Compression Wear For Pregnant Women? Doctors Weigh In

Often times, different doctors will offer vastly differing opinions on a given medical topic. This of course why it’s so vital for you to have ALL of the necessary information before making an informed decision about your health. This is particularly true when it comes to wearing compression stockings and hosiery – especially during pregnancy. After all, you’re not just looking out for your well-being, you also want to ensure the health of your baby, of course. So, what is the best kind of maternity compression hosiery, anyway? Could thigh high or compression pantyhose actually cut off circulation, and be bad for you during pregnancy? Let’s let the experts give their 2 cents.

Some doctor’s actually do believe that higher-fit compression wear, like thigh-highs and pantyhose could be constricting to the body while pregnant, and may even cut off circulation, in the event that you become unusually bloated. “I recommend a knee high pair of 20 -30 mm Hg compression stockings to pregnant women,” says Joseph Thomas Jenkins, MD. Another skilled physician, Richard Sadler, MD, FACS seems to agree with this sentiment saying, “knee length stockings should provide adequate compression in this setting,” adding, “please check your physician regarding use during pregnancy.”

Doctors like Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, don’t seem to think that knee-highs are particularly useful in later pregnancy, though. Similarly, he think that, if properly fitted, thigh-highs and maternity pantyhose will not cut off circulation. On top of that, he disagrees with Dr. Jenkins’ recommendation of 20-30, upping the ante to 30-40 mm Hg.

” Most women who are pregnant,” he says, “should wear 30-40 mm Hg compression hose on a routine daily basis. While calf length hose may be fine, particularly early during pregnancy, maternity support pantyhose or thigh length hose are much better later during the pregnancy.  A high quality brand of hose which is properly fitted and properly worn will be of great benefit during pregnancy.”

Dr. Mario T. Plaza-Ponte agrees with Dr. Daugherty, about maternity pantyhose being the most effective but stresses that they ought to be 40 mm Hg, saying, “The best compression stockings for pregnant mothers are maternity style, providing 40 mmHg compression.”

While many doctors seem to agree that pantyhose are the best garment to wear during pregnancy, some within this realm see a lower compression level as actually being more beneficial.

Gregg a Reger, MD says: “Maternity compression hose are waist high with an abdominal section that is loose and comfortable. Compression hose on the legs INCREASES venous blood flow to the heart, reduces fluid retention and edema in the legs, helps maintain adequate blood pressure in patients prone to low pressure (common in early pregnancies), does not contribute to elevated blood pressure, and helps to reduce and prevent the development of varicose veins during each pregnancy. Thigh high hose are not comfortable and not recommended during pregnancy. For most patients a 15-20mm/Hg compression is adequate. If you have already developed varicose veins then higher compression 20-30mm/Hg would be better but are certainly more difficult to get on so alternatively you may wear 2 pairs of lighter 15-20mm/Hg on top of each other.”

On the recommendation of Dr. Reger, why not try a pair of Jobst Ultrasheer Maternity Pantyhose 15-20 Moderate Support, today?!

All quotes courtesy of Dr. Q and A.

 

Sitting Job Cramps My Legs And Feet

I’m not going to lie and say that support stockings are super cost effective, in general. Most of the time, when you’re looking for quality, you’re going to have to pay for it. Nevertheless, that’s not always true. With enough research, and / or some helpful advice from someone who has been in your shoes, you can actually come away with a really great deal – supporting your legs as well as your pocket book. I say this, not at all as an expert, but merely as a guy who recently purchased a few pairs.

My name’s Jeff. I’m relatively young, I’m in fairly good shape, and I work an office job. That means, unfortunately, most of my waking life consists of being pretty immobile. Sure, my fingers get a great workout on the keyboard in front of me, but the rest of my body seems pretty jealous of their active lifestyle. Because I’m really only able to get up and walk around a few times a day, it’s not uncommon for my legs and feet to start cramping. At first, I didn’t connect my being stationary for long periods of time with my aching lower-half, but while playing with my kids out in the backyard one weekend, I realized that my legs felt fine. When I went back to work on Monday, and finished out the day though, it was then that I finally noticed what the problem was: “Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, isn’t healthy for my body!”

Finally settling in to this kind of obvious observation, I didn’t think there was much I could do about it. “I can’t just up and quit my job to go work construction. I’ve got pretty stable employment here,” I thought. “And, although I don’t make a whole lot of money, I’ve got kids to feed and bills to pay.” All I needed was a simple remedy to my leg cramping. I jumped online, and within minutes delved into the world of support stockings. I was immediately overwhelmed with choices – different brands, colors, compression levels, and perhaps most significantly, prices. Slowly, I began narrowing things down.

“As far as brands go, I want something reliable,” I thought to myself. I found Jobst to be the number one physician recommended brand. So, I went with that.

“I also want something unassuming.” Black.

“I just need some extra support, it’s not like I have a serious venous issue or anything.” I read that 15-20 compression is good for aching legs, so that level sounded appropriate for me.

What I should have mentioned earlier, is that I searched the web a handful of times for the right support stockings to meet my needs, but whenever it came to price, I was taken aback by how expensive they were. Finally, I came across the perfect line for me – Jobst Relief Economy Line. As far as I’m aware, they offer all the advanced technology associated with Jobst, of course, but they’re surprisingly affordable – ideal for a guy who has many other things to worry about than his cramping legs. Seeing as how I just wrote an entire blog post about them though, perhaps the issue was bugging me more than I originally thought. All in all, I’m glad it’s taken care of now, because I’ve got lots of work to do.

Ahh, right. Back to work…

 

Attractive Legs In Older Age

sigvaris_allure_pantyhose_closed_toe_women_lifestyleSo, I’m 65, divorced, and I recently started dating again. Obviously, when you’re my age, dating is a whole different ball-game than when you’re 25. To a large extent though, you still have to look just as enticing to your date. Yes, even though both you and your date are quite over the hill, you still have to have glimmers of a youthful appearance, in order for him to be attracted to you. I’m not being submissive, or old-fashioned when I say this either. The truth of the matters is that, whether I like it about myself or not, I’m somewhat subconsciously (somewhat consciously) looking for the same thing in him – glimpses of youthfulness.

Aging Hurts

The only problem is, it seems impossible to beat the ol’ biological clock. Every time I look in the mirror I seem to see a new wrinkle on face, and as healthy as I am, I’m often taken aback by a a new ache or pain that has made a temporary / permanent home inside my muscle tissue.  Suffice it to say that, it’s tough to find solutions that improve my appearance, while at the same time, improve my physical comfort level.

Uncomfortable Encounters

While out on a date one night, at a very nice contemporary pan asian bistro, my date and I began talking about things you’re really not supposed to talk about on a first date – the details of age and appearance. Only one year younger than I, I found that he too felt a bit self-concious about his own aging process. After a few glasses of wine, we started playfully pointing out little signs of one another’s age. I didn’t think it would hit me so hard, but one of the things he said that really stuck with me was, “and, I guess for women your age, varicose veins are pretty much unavoidable, huh? Though very offended, I finished out the night with him, and as you might imagine, that was our one and only outing together.

A Realization

With the comment constantly on my mind all that following week, I started to notice that, yes, maybe I do have varicose veins, and perhaps my legs have been aching a bit more than usual lately. Coming to this realization, I got online, browsed a vast assortment of compression stockings, and decided to order a pair of Jobst Ultrasheer Thigh High 15-20. You know what? They definitely help with my aching legs, but they also treat and cover up my varicose veins, resulting in a pretty attractive leg appearance, if I do say so myself.

A Happy Ending

On my following date, as you might imagine, I wore my new compression stockings,  and I felt as confident as ever. In addition to that, my friendly date and I avoided awkward conversation about personal aesthetics, and talked about more important things like values and upbringing.

It’s now 7 months later, and I find myself happy, with the very same man. Yes, he’s seen my bare legs, and hasn’t said a thing about my veins. One of the reasons for this is probably because they’ve reduced since wearing the stockings, but I’d also like to think that it’s more so because he’s a polite guy.

Fly Away, Leg Swelling. Fly Away.

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At 8:05 am, I took my seat on the plane, anticipating my 20 hour flight to India to get under way. I had taken countless flights half way around the world before, so I certainly knew what I was in for – constant ear popping, not being able to fall asleep, etc. About 7 hours into the flight though, my legs and feet really started to hurt.

This isn’t something I had experienced on any long-distance flight before.  I took my shoes off, only to notice that they were quite puffy. Had I been in first class, I would have instantly, reclined my chair and put my feet up, but due to my economy seat on the plane, this just wasn’t an option.

I tried to walk around a bit – back and forth from the bathroom. After all, there wasn’t anywhere to go, and the bathroom was really only a few steps away. So, for the next 13 hours, I traveled to India with a pretty annoying feeling of discomfort. The phrase “my dogs were barking” really doesn’t do justice to this type of discomfort. It’s not that my legs felt merely tired or sore, they actually hurt quite a bit.

Well, it didn’t take a physician to tell me what the problem was – the sitting position I was in, wasn’t allowing my blood to circulate properly. I mean, this is what I figured – it was fairly common sense. When I finally visited my Dr. – explaining my situation and symptoms, he confirmed my original assumption to be the case.

He said that prolonged sitting positions can cause blood to pool in the veins of the leg. The very position that your legs are in while you’re sitting also increases pressure in the leg veins as well. In turn, this causes swelling in the feet and legs by making fluid leave the blood and migrate to surrounding tissues.

What To Do About The Swelling

The first thing my Dr. recommended was a pair of Mediven 15-20 Travel Socks. He mentioned that these travel socks even out blood flow, so that on my next long-distance flight, swelling wouldn’t be an issue. I was a little reluctant at first – for some reason, I thought they’d be extremely uncomfortable and constricting, but I was wrong. They couldn’t be more relaxing to wear.

Apart from the travel socks, my Dr. also mentioned that I remember to stretch my legs every hour or two. I guess I had the right idea by getting up and walking to the bathroom.

He also said that on my next trip, I should shift my position in my seat often, and that crossing my legs is probably one of the worst ways to make the leg swelling issue worse.

Another thing he mentioned that I wasn’t too pleased with is that I should avoid sedatives and alcohol on any long flight. Admittedly, a drink can make a boring flight a bit more entertaining, but it can also make you too sleepy to regularly stretch your legs.

4 Benefits To Wearing Maternity Hosiery

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Ah, the joys of pregnancy. Decorating a nursery, picking out tiny clothing, and generally getting ready to welcome a new member into the family, are obvious reasons for happiness and excitement. But, let’s face it, having a baby inside of you isn’t all smiles and rainbows – sometimes it can be extremely uncomfortable, and when it’s time to give birth, of course, it’s downright painful.

While there are some mothers-to-be, that wish to experience pregnancy in all its blissfulness as well as all of its pain, most of us normal folks simply want to do away with the discomfort and keep the good stuff. Believe it or not, maternity compression hosiery and pantyhose can do just that. Don’t get us wrong, these stockings aren’t going to solve every aching and pain that pregnancy throws at you, but they can certainly act as your trusty sidekick – warding off a lot of unnecessary ouches.

Here’s just a few benefits to maternity compression stockings and pantyhose:

Prevent Varicose Veins

Besides their sheer unsightly quality, and making you feel older than you actually are, varicose veins can be super painful, especially when you’re on your feet. Normally, veins have leaflet valves that allow blood flow to the heart, against gravity. When veins become varicose though (often during pregnancy), the valves fail to work properly, and blood doesn’t flow as efficiently against gravity as it should. With maternity pantyhose, for instance, there’s a significant amount of compression on these veins, which keeps the valves in line, which keeps blood flowing properly to the heart.

We’d like to recommend TRUFORM Women’s LITES maternity pantyhose for this job.

Reduce Swelling

Leg and feet swelling is, at the core, a venous issue (veins failing to transport blood efficiently). While this will present itself in the veins specifically as “varicose veins,” you’ll often see and feel that your entire leg or foot is a tad pit enlarged. This is perfectly normal, but maternity compression hosiery can certainly come to the rescue. They’ll discourage blood from pooling only in a few particular areas, and in turn, promote healthy blood flow to the heart, as well as even blood flow, all over. And, this is exactly what your baby needs.

Reduce Leg Cramping

Leg cramping during pregnancy can come about for numerous reasons, but a common one is that, due to weight gain, your leg muscles can be a bit worn from carrying those few extra pounds. Compression hosiery can actually reduce leg pains and promote greater mobility.

Help With Bloating

Because compression wear obviously compresses one’s figure, maternity hose are often used as a body sculptor. Of course you don’t want to hide your belly, but there’s a lot of pregnant women out there that constantly feel bloated, and may have the desire to shape their legs and their behind, so that feel similar to their normal figure.

It’s important to mention that if you’re in your 3rd trimester, maternity pantyhose might not be right for you. Always consult your doctor before wearing maternity pantyhose or maternity stockings.

Running Into Unknown Territory

runningRunning is great for your entire body, right? Of course it’s healthy for your muscles, your respiratory system, and your cardiovascular system,  but it can leave you with aching legs and feet.

This might not happen to you as a young person – believe me, I could have never imagined my legs aching so much after a long run, when I was younger. But now, I’m a little up there in age, and I really start to feel it. I’m Bill. I’m a healthy 53 year old man, who has run many marathons throughout his life. And, I still try to get in a few miles, daily.

When the aching first started happening to me, post-run, it kind of took me by surprise and I thought that it would go away, but unfortunately, it just persisted. Over time, it even started making itself apparent as I was running, and I knew this was something that needed to be addressed. Although massaging my legs and feet seemed to work in the short-term, whenever I got back out there to jog a mile, the aching returned. This wasn’t just the regular aching you might experience from bad shoes, either. This was something more pressing.

I surfed the web a bit, and found that what I might need is a pair of compression socks. “Compression socks!,” I thought. “I’m really an old man now, aren’t I?” I was under the impression that “compression wear” is only something that senior citizens wear, or people with serious venous conditions. Frankly, I was just ignorant, and didn’t do a whole lot of research. What I found was that although compression socks are often used to help treat serious venous issues (lymphedema, etc.), they can also be used just to mildly increase blood flow and prevent leg swelling. This was news to me. I had no idea they came in different compression levels, and are made with so many different options of materials.

Since I’m an active guy, and I needed some support while running, so I thought it would only make sense to pick up a few pairs of athletic compression socks. My people on forums and blogs were saying how great of a brand Jobst is. Trusting these praises, I went with a pair of Jobst Sport Knee-High 15-20 – a fairly mild compression. How old-man can these compression socks be? After all, they have the word “sport” in their name. As it turns out, not old-man at all. In fact, they look and feel just like regular athletic socks, only I know that with these, I’m getting the preventative care I need, so my legs won’t hurt anymore. And, the truth is, they really don’t.

I think I can make a pretty good analogy with these kinds of compression socks. They’re just like reading glasses, really. You may not have a real problem seeing, but they’ll help your eyes see better than they already do – which may be pretty good! Affordable, comfortable, and truly effective, these Jobst socks have helped me a whole lot.

The best piece of advice I can give regarding this topic, is that wearing compression socks does not necessarily mean that you’re aging poorly. Depending on the type and the compression level, people of all ages and lifestyles can wear them. This is something I never, ever knew.