New and expecting moms have a lot going on—like hosting a baby or recovering from birth—and uncomfortable swelling doesn’t help. Compression socks help reduce swelling, increase circulation, improve varicose veins, and keep feet cool and dry. Every new mother needs a pair of compression socks to stay comfortable during and after pregnancy. 

At Pumps for Mom, we know that discomfort needs to be mitigated. That’s why we compiled five reasons to wear maternity compression socks along with some of the most commonly asked questions. 

Maternity Compression Socks Reduce Swelling and Edema

Swelling from built-up fluids is one of the most common issues in pregnancy and postpartum, and it sure can be annoying or even harmful! Expect some swelling, but if you experience sudden, intense swelling, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure nothing serious is going on. Below, we compiled the answers to frequently asked questions about compression socks and swelling.  

How do compression socks help with swollen feet in pregnancy?

Your body produces more fluid when pregnant, meaning it is likely to swell and cause pain or discomfort. Compression socks gently squeeze the legs to provide ultimate comfort and support. 

Do compression socks help with edema?

Edema is swelling that occurs from fluid trapped in your body’s tissue. Compression socks help prevent liquids from building up by creating pressure that fights edema. 

Maternity Compression Socks Increase Circulation and Blood Flow

The pressure from maternity compression socks allows blood vessels to work better. Blood can flow freely, and the veins magnify after getting blood back to your heart. It’s harder for blood to gather in your veins and create a dangerous blood clot. Below, we debunk two common myths. 

Should compression socks cut circulation?

No, compression socks should help with circulation! Make sure to wear the socks properly (not rolled down) to ensure that circulation is not cut off. 

Can compression socks cause blood clots?

Compression socks don’t cause blood clots—they help increase blood flow, which aids in avoiding blood clots.

Maternity Compression Socks Ease Varicosities

Varicose veins occur when blood collects behind the tiny valves in veins. Compression socks don’t prevent varicose veins, but they help improve their appearance and reduce pain.

Can compression socks shrink varicose veins?

Varicose veins with symptoms require treatment, and compression socks help relieve those symptoms. Compression socks are tight at the foot and gradually grow looser up the leg. 

How long should you wear compression socks for varicose veins?

Healing may take around a month, so wear your compression socks for two to six weeks. 

Maternity Compression Socks Reduce Fatigue and Tired Legs

Compression socks work in combination with your calf muscle to improve blood circulation and increase oxygen delivery to the leg with added pressure. 

Will compression socks help with tired legs?

Absolutely! Compression socks help with fatigue and aches, and they can even help with lightheadedness and dizziness. 

Why do I have more energy when I wear compression socks?

Compression socks enable fluid to flow through the lymphatic system. They also help with fluid circulating through the legs, increasing energy. 

Maternity Compression Socks Keep Feet Cool and Dry 

Moisture-wicking properties in some compression socks mean that your feet and calves will remain calm despite the pressure. Capa Compressions by Body After Baby are especially useful in keeping your feet cool and dry!   

Do compression socks make your feet sweat?

Compression socks wick away moisture, leading to decreased sweat and decreased foot odor.

At Pumps for Mom, we know that you need the highest-quality products to stay safe and comfortable during and after pregnancy. In addition to maternity compression socks, consider other maternity compression garments during your pregnancy or postpartum recovery. If you’re looking to qualify for compression socks or another garment through insurance, our experts can help with that as well. Reach out today to learn more!