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Support stockings can prevent varicose veins during pregnancy

There is no doubt that pregnancy places a heavy strain on the body, especially on the legs as they have to carry the extra weight. To avoid problems with your veins, it might be a good idea to wear support stockings, especially in the summer when it’s hot, although this may seem crazy.
But there are other things you can do to prevent inconveniences and assist your blood circulation.
As always, it is important that you drink plenty of water and that you cut down on coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
Furthermore, you should not sit with your legs crossed, you should put your legs up or even lie down for a while to make it easier for the venous valves to lead the blood back to your heart. It is also important that you do not sit or stand for long periods of time. Do a few exercises like cycling in the air while lying down or curling your toes and then releasing them. Or swim or cycle as much as possible throughout your pregnancy.
If you are genetically disposed to varicose veins, you might get them anyway, even if you are wearing support stockings, but using them will reduce the damage and prevent oedema and blood clots, which is also worth something.
Many women ask whether varicose veins disappear again when pregnancy is over. If you are lucky, the symptoms which looked like varicose veins disappear after a while because they were in fact only swollen veins. But if they are genuine varicose veins, they can only be removed by surgery or other medical intervention.
Therefore, it is important that you take good care of your legs during pregnancy and prevent varicose veins from occurring in the first place. If you wear support stockings, there is a fair chance that you will still have nice legs when the pregnancy is over.
If your doctor or midwife has not recommended a particular type of support stocking, here is a small guide to help you choose between the various models:
Some women find support stockings unsexy and prefer stay-ups. Either because panty hoses feel too hot or because they are wearing trousers, anyway. Furthermore, stay-ups are more convenient when you have to use the bathroom, and, last but not least, you might be able to use the stay-ups after your pregnancy provided that the size of your thighs hasn’t changed too much.
Knee-high support stockings suffice if you are not predisposed to varicose veins in the lower leg or just above the knee and if you are not embarking on a long journey. In the latter case, a longer model is more suitable.
You should choose support stockings if you need support to the entire leg, if you suffer from varicose veins above the knee, if you suffer from oedema, or if you want support to your stomach.
Or perhaps you feel more comfortable wearing panty hoses, or perhaps you are going to wear a short skirt or a dress.