2. Do Pregnant Women Need Them?
Pregnancy hormones can make a woman feel many physical and emotional changes. They can also cause sluggish blood flow through the legs and feet, causing swollen legs, ankles, and feet. Compression socks help pregnant women avoid blood clots, plus keep blood flow strong for both her and her growing baby.
The uterus can also cause a need for compression socks during pregnancy. As the uterus grows, it presses into more veins. Compression on the legs and feet can help those veins keep blood moving efficiently until the baby is born.
1. Choosing the Right Compression Socks for You
Compression socks come in different lengths, styles, and tightness levels. In general, knee-high socks are most often recommended for full compression coverage.
According to Legsmart, the most commonly used compression levels include “15-20 mmHg (over the counter), 20-30 mmHg (medical class 1), 30-40 mmHg (medical class 2) and 40-50 mmHg (medical class 3).” The numbers for each level indicate the amount of compression that falls within this range of “millimeters of mercury” or mmHg (a pressure measurement).
Ask your doctor which compression sock levels are best to support your specific conditions and healing goals.