Compression Therapy – Put You & Your Baby a Step Ahead!
How TGA Certified Maternity Compression Stockings are improving mum and baby’s circulatory health and letting mums-to-be stay a step ahead of varicose veins.
As an expectant mother, there are the joys we do expect – a beautiful bundle of joy at the end of it – and the joys we don’t expect, like stretch marks, back pain and hemorrhoids!
Pregnant women are also particularly susceptible to developing varicose veins. Research shows the onset of varicose disease incidents increases by 70% in the first trimester alone. By the end of their pregnancy, two in every five pregnant women have varicose veins and the likelihood is higher in women with a family history of them.
While there are some things beyond our control during pregnancy, there are some things we can prevent with the right equipment!
Reduce your risk of varicose veins and relieve the stress of circulatory insufficiency on yourself and baby with Australian TGA Certified Maternity Compression Stockings.
How do Maternity Compression Stockings work?
When pregnant, your body blood volume increases, while your higher progesterone levels cause your blood vessels to relax. As a result, your valves separate slightly and work less efficiently, allowing the back-flow of blood in your veins. Meanwhile, your uterus presses against the major veins in your pelvic region, which increases the pressure in your leg veins. As your weight increases during pregnancy, so too does the risk of this venous insufficiency. Mums can suffer from Edema (swelling caused by fluid retention) and disorders that affect the blood vessels nourishing their baby.
Giving baby the best possible start in life begins in the womb.
Wearing TGA Certified Maternity Compression Stockings from early to post gestation period improves your blood circulation naturally, which has a flow-on affect for baby. Both mother and baby’s pulse frequency can improve and the graduated compression massages mum’s legs, relieving swollen, aching ankles and lower body fatigue, so she can remain happy, healthy and active during her pregnancy.
Are all Compression Stockings created equal?
No, many of the so-called compression stockings on the market are insufficient or incorrectly graded and do not improve circulation at all. You could just as well buy a pair of stockings two sizes too small and get the same result – discomfort! These stockings are easily identified as they are not clearly labeled with a compression rating.
How can I ensure I’m getting Maternity Compression Stockings that actually work?
Compression Class stockings – the type used by healthcare professionals – are Australian TGA certified and scientifically graduated. They will always come in a selection of compressions. Many private health insurers offer a significant rebate for TGA Certified Medical Compression Garments.
Which Compression Rating is right for me?
Compression Stockings are designed with highest compression around the ankle, decreasing up the calf to the thigh. There are varying degrees of compression:
Class 1 (moderate compression): Exerts a graduated pressure 20mmHg at the ankle, decreasing to 15mmHg at the calf and thigh. Helps prevent and relieve minor to moderate varicose veins during pregnancy. Helps relieve tired, aching legs and minor swelling of the feet, ankles and legs (prescription not required).
Class 2 (firm compression): Exerts a graduated pressure of 30mmHg at the ankle, decreasing to 20mmHg at the calf and thigh. Helps prevent and relieve moderate to severe varicose veins during pregnancy. Helps in the treatment of moderate to severe Edema or Lymphoedema (prescription not required).
Class 3 (extra firm compression): Exerts a graduated pressure of 40mmHg at the ankle, decreasing to 30mmHg at the calf and thigh. Helps prevent and relieve severe varicose veins during pregnancy. Used in the treatment of severe Edema and Lymphoedema (prescription required – seek medical advice).