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Vein problems – Pregnant women’s legs are not only pinched and twinged in warm weather: The risk of vein disease is particularly high in the last two months before birth – about one in two pregnant women has to struggle with it. As the belly continues to grow, the blood vessels have to work at full capacity. During pregnancy, the amount of blood in the body increases by about 20 percent. The hormonal changes make the blood vessels more permeable, and many pregnant women experience swelling in the ankle and leg areas.
Compression Helps Against Vein Problems
The professional association of gynecologists therefore advises those affected by symptoms to wear compression stockings. A compression stocking helps against vein problems because it compresses the overstretched vein walls again – as a result, the venous valves of the blood vessels can close again. Ideally, the compression stocking even prevents varicose veins.
If compression tights are prescribed, pregnant women should choose products that are elastic around the abdomen and can grow with the child. Some stockings even come with skin care: Compression stockings with an integrated skin care emulsion made from active ingredients such as urea, vitamin E and extracts of the Tahitian tiare flower effectively prevent the skin from drying out. In addition, expectant mothers can put on and take off the creamy stockings more easily because they glide over the skin better.
If pregnant women feel the first signs, such as heavy legs, swollen ankles, tingling or stabbing pain, they should consult their gynecologist. Visible changes such as spider veins and varicose veins can also cause women problems. Compression stockings provide quick and safe relief in these cases.