Women who are pregnant or who have just given birth are at increased risk for blood clots. That risk actually increases to about 20-fold in the weeks immediately following childbirth and is at its highest — a risk of 100-fold — in the first week after the baby is born.
In addition, as the baby grows, the enlarged uterus applies pressure on the vena cava which returns blood to the heart. This pressure can cause stasis and valve damage which results in swelling, leg discomfort and even varicose veins.
On average, 23% of pregnant women will have venous disorders as early as their first pregnancy, and this number rises to 31% by their fourth pregnancy.
Studies demonstrate that gradient compression stockings are beneficial in relieving symptoms of CVD during pregnancy and the post-partum period.
JOBST® gradient compression hosiery helps relieve leg fatigue and discomfort by helping to prevent the superficial veins from becoming distended with blood. It also helps reduce swelling by increasing the pressure in the tissue under the skin.
Tender loving care for the mom-to-be
Eat five or six meals
Balanced meals each day will keep you feeling full without the discomfort of a large meal.
Take a prenatal vitamin each day
It is important that you and baby get the right supplements in order for you to maintain your health and for your child to develop properly. Always follow your obstetrician’s recommendations.
Drink plenty of fluids
At least eight to 10 glasses a day — avoiding caffeine, alcohol and drinks containing artificial coloring.
Get adequate sleep
At least eight hours a night. If your quality of sleep is hindered, try taking a few naps throughout the day to compensate.
Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day at a moderate pace. Avoid high-risk activities such as horseback riding, basketball, soccer and scuba diving.
Keep a healthy circulation
Wear comfortable, non-restricting shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.
You may also wear JOBST® compression stockings to help you maintain good leg health and prevent varicose veins, which mainly affect many women who have had at least two pregnancies.
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Sources : National Women’s Health Information Center; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Swiss Medical Weekly 2001. Pregnancy and blood clots. www.womenandbloodclots.org/pregnancy-and-post-childbirth. The National Blood Clot Alliance. Büchtemann AS, et collab. The effect of compression therapy in venous haemodynamics in pregnant women. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 106(6):563-9. June 1999. www.doctissimo.fr/html/grossesse/patho_femme_enceinte/9956-varicesgrossesse.htm