Pregnancy can be one of the most wild and emotional times of your life – apart from the physical changes that your body experiences, pregnancy also affects your hormones. This leads to rapid changes in your body which in turn means that your wardrobe has to change alongside it. Tight clothing or feeling uncomfortable in what you are wearing can be extremely irritating and even unsafe for your unborn child.
Maternity tights are the perfect solution to all your wardrobe worries. They can be paired with summer dresses, loose dress shirts or baggy sweaters and are also great for keeping your legs warm. In addition to being trendy and versatile, experts agree that maternity tights are not only safe to wear while pregnant, but can help you combat various pregnancy related issues such as varicose veins, swelling in the ankles and feet, the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), etc.
Maternity tights also come with many extra features which can be extremely beneficial. These include cooling properties, circulation boosting features and higher waistbands which cradle and help support your baby bump. What’s more, I’ve found these tights for pregnant women which come in a variety of styles and finishes, so you don’t have to settle for ones which feel unflattering. With the perfect amount of contouring stretch, maternity tights can make your legs look in shape.
Here are the top 5 reasons why maternity tights are a lifesaver for pregnant women.
1 – They help prevent varicose veins
When you are pregnant, the weight of the growing baby can put extra pressure on your inferior vena cava or IVC which is the vein which carries de-oxygenated blood into the right atrium of your heart from the lower and middle body. This in turn puts pressure on the veins in your legs. Hence, this pressure combined with numerous hormonal changes in your body promotes pooling of blood, which can lead to sore, dilated, swollen and extremely uncomfortable veins.
Maternity tights which contain gradient compression help venous blood to return to your heart, thereby relieving the symptoms of varicose veins. Furthermore, varicose veins can also lead to additional complications such as skin damage and phlebitis which refers to inflammation of a vein. Maternity tights not only combat the swelling associated with varicose veins, but they also help to relieve any discomfort.
2 –Relieve swelling in feet and ankles
All the extra weight on your veins and the hormonal changes brought from the pregnancy can lead to swollen ankles and feet along with tired legs. This problem can be particularly challenging for women who have to stand or sit all day at work and cannot keep their feet elevated. Maternity tights with graduated compression provide excellent contouring and support for your legs whilst helping to relieve tired legs and swollen ankles which are not only unsightly, but can also make shoes painful to wear.
3 – Lend support to your baby bump and support your back
Some maternity tights are specially designed to cradle and lend support to your growing baby bump. Maternity tights with compression features essentially play the role of a maternity support girdle which helps reduce the constant pain in your back and protects your legs from swelling. These also come in a variety of adjustable tops and a special elasticated pouch which stretches comfortably as you grow. Hence, it is important to opt for maternity tights, as non-maternity compression tights may painfully dig into your stomach.
4 –Reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition which indicates the development of a blood clot within a deep vein of your body and usually occurs in the leg. Symptoms of this condition include increased pain, warmth and swelling in the affected leg due to the blood clot. Pregnancy can increase the risk of DVT, especially if you undergo increased periods of immobility such as when travelling. Maternity tights with graduated compression which are the correct fit for you can significantly reduce the risk of DVT.
5 – Improved circulation
Maternity tights essentially provide support and a slimming affect to your legs and baby bump. They act as a shapewear which also improves circulation due to the correct amount of compression, thereby improving the removal of toxins and relieving pain in the lower legs. Some maternity tights are also designed to provide micro massages which can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
6 – Trendy and can go with various outfits
Lastly, maternity tights are very trendy and can be worn to the office, for a casual day at home or a formal evening out. These tights can be combined with various outfits such as loose shirts, baggy sweaters, summer dresses or skirts for a classy and feminine look. You can choose from a variety of colours or stick to classics such as nude, black or sheer. These colours generally work with both formal and informal outfits.
Maternity tights can be the perfect solution to all your wardrobe worries during pregnancy. Not only are they extremely comfortable, they can also help prevent against various health problems associated with pregnancy. Time to pack away all those uncomfortable pants and denim, and stock your wardrobe with specially designed maternity tights.