Pregnancy comfort with compression stockings: 4 reasons why doctors recommend it

Smiling pregnant lady in white lying down.

Did you know that compression stockings could help you feel amazing during pregnancy? 

Your pregnant body is a living miracle. As it changes to nourish your growing baby, you may alas experience various types of physical discomfort or pain.

Happily, there are some pregnancy-related discomforts you don’t have to endure for nine months. First, what are these discomforts?


#1 Varicose veins

What’s happening. When you are pregnant, normal hormonal changes affect the walls of your veins causing the vein walls to relax or dilate. In other words, the venous walls lose their tonicity. This may cause extra pain to existing spider veins or varicose veins, or create new ones.

#2 Swollen feet and ankles

What’s happening. Your body fluids increase to nurture both you and your baby. The volume of your blood can increase up to 45 per cent. Fluids accumulate in your tissues as a result of increased blood flow. That’s what causes the swelling and discomfort.

#3 Heavy and tired legs

What’s happening. You are carrying extra weight from the increase in bodily fluids on top of your growing baby. The weight of your growing baby may also press on your legs, affecting blood circulation in your veins.

#4 Increased risk of blot clots

What’s happening.  As your body adjusts to the demands of a growing baby, your blood consistency could change and increase the likelihood of blot clots.


There are several things you can do to minimise or avoid these discomforts.

  • Avoid crossing your legs when sitting down, or sitting for more than an hour at a time.
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time.
  • Stretch your legs and wriggle your toes whenever you can.
  • Exercise and keep your body moving.
  • Wear medical compression stockings.

Why use medical compression stockings during pregnancy

Let’s face it. Some of the self-care suggestions above take ongoing effort. You would benefit from any ‘set and forget’ support you can get.

That’s why doctors would suggest that you use medical compression stockings during your pregnancy. The stockings don’t harm the foetus, and could certainly help increase blood circulation and reduce the risk of developing blood clots.

Doctors also recommend that it is important to get fitted by an experienced fitter with good quality products.

Here’s where comes in, and our garment fitting service Body Plus. We have more than a decade of experience providing expert advice and quality garments for the best post-surgical care.

We carry only compression stockings and socks that doctors recommend.

Quality German JOBST maternity stockings for relieving tired aching legs and varicose veins during pregnancy.SIGVARIS Magic Thigh High compression stockings are great for reliving tired aching legs and varicose veins during pregnancy.

During pregnancy - Here are three products that have helped our customers prevent/manage varicose veins, relieve swollen feet and tired legs, and reduce the risk of blood clots:

After pregnancy - As for maintaining a new mother’s well-being, the most important reason why you would want to wear compression stockings after pregnancy (or post-partum) is to manage varicose veins that may have developed before or during pregnancy.

We hope that this information helps you make an informed choice on why doctors recommend compression stockings during and after pregnancy.

Feel free to browse our store for more product options that have made a difference to our pregnant customers’ wellbeing. You may like to use search terms such as ‘maternity pantyhose’, maternity thigh high’, ‘maternity knee high’.

If you have any other questions, please email or ring 1300 077 892.

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