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Should I invest in compression stockings if varicose veins and pregnant?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Compression

The use of stockings can be very helpful for the symptoms of swelling of the lower extremities associated with pregnancy.
But you need to confer with your clinician about the use of the stockings to make sure that they are aware of the symptoms and your plan.

In brief: Compression

The use of stockings can be very helpful for the symptoms of swelling of the lower extremities associated with pregnancy.
But you need to confer with your clinician about the use of the stockings to make sure that they are aware of the symptoms and your plan.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If you already have varicose veins, they are only going to get worse with your pregnancy.
If you have pain and/or swelling in your legs, compression maternity hose will help. If you have vulvar/labial varicose veins, you might want to look into a v2 supporter since even panty hose don't really compress that area well.

In brief: Yes

If you already have varicose veins, they are only going to get worse with your pregnancy.
If you have pain and/or swelling in your legs, compression maternity hose will help. If you have vulvar/labial varicose veins, you might want to look into a v2 supporter since even panty hose don't really compress that area well.
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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely !

Distended vessels with lack of unidirectional flow cause pain.
Pregnancy adds pressure and blood volume to the lower extremities .This can be very painful. Compression stockings can provide much comfort by keeping the leg vessels from expanding.

In brief: Absolutely !

Distended vessels with lack of unidirectional flow cause pain.
Pregnancy adds pressure and blood volume to the lower extremities .This can be very painful. Compression stockings can provide much comfort by keeping the leg vessels from expanding.
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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Great idea

The blood volume and female hormones are increased in pregnancy, making one prone to varicose veins, and the compression stockings will provide symptomatic relief, but does not cure the problem of venous disease.
Try 20-30 mm mercury compression hose, thigh length preferred.

In brief: Great idea

The blood volume and female hormones are increased in pregnancy, making one prone to varicose veins, and the compression stockings will provide symptomatic relief, but does not cure the problem of venous disease.
Try 20-30 mm mercury compression hose, thigh length preferred.
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Yes

pregnancy can cause varicose veins need to wear pantyhose to uplift the lower abdomen cavity to prevent pooling

In brief: Yes

pregnancy can cause varicose veins need to wear pantyhose to uplift the lower abdomen cavity to prevent pooling
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Varicose Veins Preg

Absolutely. The only effective therapy that you can utilize for varicose veins during pregnancy is support garments such as compression stockings (the prescription type, tight ones).
They help prevent disease progression & help control symptoms such as pain & swelling. They have been proven to decrease the spread of disease during pregnancy & minimize chance of clots. See a vein specialist asap.

In brief: Varicose Veins Preg

Absolutely. The only effective therapy that you can utilize for varicose veins during pregnancy is support garments such as compression stockings (the prescription type, tight ones).
They help prevent disease progression & help control symptoms such as pain & swelling. They have been proven to decrease the spread of disease during pregnancy & minimize chance of clots. See a vein specialist asap.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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