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How Maternity Compression Can Help During Pregnancy and Postpartum

by | June 14, 2019

Wondering if compression garments worn during pregnancy and postpartum can really help you? Author Jennifer Jordan, Director of Mom & Baby at Aeroflow Healthcare, takes time out of her busy schedule to answer all your doubts about wearing maternity compression garments during and after pregnancy.

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How Maternity Compression Can Help During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Did you know that during pregnancy, a woman’s body can produce up to 50% more blood volume and bodily fluids? This extra volume is often accompanied by swelling and discomfort that can last through the duration of pregnancy and into the postpartum chapter. Compression garments can be a lifesaver when dealing with symptoms like these, but many new and expecting moms are not familiar with these products and their benefits.  

So, What Is Maternity Compression?

These garments are medically designed to provide mothers with targeted support and relief from a variety of issues associated with pregnancy and postpartum discomforts such as swollen feet, back pain, varicose veins, and healing after giving birth.

Unlike shapewear, these garments can help relieve pain, pressure, or swelling and even enhance the postpartum healing process after baby. There are three main types to consider, which include compression socks, maternity support bands, and postpartum recovery garments.

Types of Maternity Compression:

1. Compression Socks

Compression socks or stockings are specialized hosiery designed to expand with you during maternity to help prevent swelling or edema, circulation issues, and varicose veins. While they look like a regular pair of socks, they are often slightly tighter due to having gradient compression.

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Compression socks tend to be tightest at the ankle with pressure gradually decreasing towards the top of the sock. Some compression stocking styles go up to the knee or stomach depending on your needs.

While compression socks may assist any pregnant mother who is experiencing swelling or circulation issues, they are most beneficial for moms who stand for long periods of time, walk long distances, sit for extended periods, or during exercise.

2. Maternity Support Bands

Maternity bands, which are often referred to as belly bands or support belts, are most commonly worn during the second and third trimesters as the baby bump starts to show. During the third trimester especially, your lower back, abs, core, hips, and pelvis feel increased pressure under the weight of your baby.

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They’re perfect for moms who participate in yoga classes or who need to move about the office comfortably. Maternity support bands can also relieve pressure on the hips to improve your posture, prevent the pregnancy waddle and reduce the likelihood of overextending your lower back while standing or sitting.

3. Postpartum Support

Postpartum support garments, or pelvic girdles, are most beneficial when worn a week after giving birth and/or up to about four months after delivery due to the specially designed panels to provide support and stabilization for loose and weak muscles.

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These garments support and align your abdominal muscles and organs until they return to their normal places and can resume functioning properly again. Postpartum garments help you get back on your feet to care for your infant and can assist with birth recovery by reducing pain, increasing your mobility, stabilizing the pelvic floor, and even helping with diastasis recti. Also, if you’ve had a c-section, it can take the pressure off of your incision as you heal.

Which Compression Garment Do I Need?

Choosing the best maternity compression garment(s) depends on your symptoms and how far along on your pregnancy or postpartum journey you are. Connect with your doctor to determine if compression wear will assist in relieving pain or other complications. If so, they will write you a prescription that may be covered by your insurance policy.

If you’ve got more doubts on compression wear during and after pregnancy, feel free to drop a comment below.

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Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Director of Mom & Baby at Aeroflow Healthcare, a durable medical equipment provider that has provided breast pumps and maternity compression through insurance to hundreds of thousands of women. A working and once-breastfeeding mom, Jennifer — along with her team — is committed to supporting all moms on their pregnancy and breastfeeding journey through support, education, and exceptional customer service.



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