The American College of Phlebology estimates that more than 80 million Americans suffer from some form of vein disease. As pregnancy is the second leading cause of varicose veins (after heredity) this will include many presently pregnant women.
Though all pregnant women will not present with visible symptoms of vein disease, the underlying problems may already be present, so it is highly advised that all women should wear prescription-grade compression Hosiery throughout their pregnancy. To ensure the correct type and fit, you should be measured appropriately. They come in various colors, styles and strengths, including knee-high, thigh-high and pantyhose (though knee-high would not be appropriate during pregnancy). At my Boca Raton vein center, the Kimmel Institute, we can provide the correct compression stockings for you, or they can be purchased at medical supply stores, or some pharmacies. For optimal support, pregnant women should be at no less than 20-30mmHg compression level, which will help alleviate swelling and improve microcirculation in the legs. The stockings should be worn all day for full effect, but are not needed when asleep.
If you are pregnant and would like to schedule a fitting for compression hose to wear throughout your pregnancy, please call the office at 561-477-0210.
Dr. Richard Kimmel