Compression Socks for Pregnant Women

Wearing compression socks for women during pregnancy.

Many medical professionals recommend their pregnant patients wear compression socks or stockings.  Why do they prescribe compression socks for pregnant women?

According to healthcare experts, these compression socks and stockings provide a variety of benefits for pregnant women.  Compression socks and stockings treat and prevent various physical conditions common for pregnant women including:

  • Leg pain
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Leg cramps
  • Edema (or swelling of the leg or ankle)

Additionally, health professionals agree that these socks help decrease the risk of having deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  This is a medical term for blood clots in a deep vein, especially within the leg.  As specially designed compression socks apply firm pressure at the lower part of the leg and less pressure up, the socks help push the blood up into the heart. This, in turn, decreases blood congestion in the veins and improves blood circulation within the body.  This can be particularly helpful during pregnancy. 

Here's Some Advice

While wearing compression socks and stockings does not pose danger to expectant mothers, they still need to consider a few things before wearing them. If you’re pregnant and thinking of getting a pair of compression socks, then make sure you:

  • Choose the stockings with pressure gradient that is right for the period or stage of pregnancy you are in;
  • Do not have peripheral artery disease;
  • Consider the strength of compression wear (especially those who have health concerns); and
  • If you are unsure about any of these, seek the advice of a health care professional. 

Insoles and Beyond offers a wide variety of compression socks for women, men, nurses, and athletes. Browse our web site to know more about the brands, sizes, styles, designs, and colors we have available.