Pregnancy comes with all kinds of fun treats: swelling, discomfort, and varicose veins are a couple of my personal favorites. I mean, what is sexier than swollen legs, ankles, and feet? Top off your swollen fat limbs with some varicose veins and you’ll feel like the real belle of the ball.
While I haven’t yet experienced any varicose veins, I have started to notice some swelling and discomfort – especially in my feet and legs – due in large part to the increase in blood volume, my growing uterus, and all of my lovely pregnancy hormones (yayyyy). With all of that extra blood pumping, your leg muscles and veins often get backlogged and forget to send the blood back up toward the heart, leaving you feeling like you have balloon sacks inside your feet and legs.
Isn’t pregnancy beautiful?
Thankfully, there are ways you can help your legs get that blood pumping back up and circulating through the body, instead of just hanging out in your legs and feet. My favorite way to help my legs is out is by sporting compression socks. Yep, you heard correctly. Compression socks aren’t just for runners and frequent flyers, they are also an essential part of a pregnant woman’s arsenal.
When my feet and legs start to feel swollen and cranky, I love Tabio’s Ultra Light compression knee socks. They’re easy to get on my feet, and go to just below the knees, and the fabric is so comfortable, soft, and breathable. Plus, they separate my toes and make my feet feel like they’re still free to move naturally and easily – whether I’m walking, hanging out at home, or even playing a little yoga!
So if you’re like me and starting to experience swelling, aches, or tired feet and legs, grab a pair to see if they help.
Pregnant friends and mamas, what were you go to methods for reducing swelling, and aches, pains and discomfort in the lower half of your body?
As always stay sweaty (and try not to get too swole)!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a pair of Tabio socks to review on my blog. That being said, all of my words, thoughts, and opinions on them are my very own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.