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.
Alyse saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 10:22 am
Oh my gosh I need these – by the middle of my last pregnancy, I could only wear Birkenstocks. Literally couldn’t get my feet into any other shoes I owned. If I could avoid that situation this time around, I’d be in shoe heaven!
Jamie saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 10:26 am
I’m starting to feel the tightness in my shoes, ahhh, this shit is so real! I’m glad I have birks now….
Erica Friedman saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 10:30 am
I love these Tabio socks! I’ve never thought about the advantage of wearing them during pregnancy – so smart!
Jamie saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm
Yes – it really helps bring the swelling down – they’re so amazing!
Liz saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 10:31 am
You’re such a ray of pregnant sunshine! Even with swollen feet that I can only imagine is uncomfortable as it’s best. Happy gestating!
Jamie saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm
HAHAH happy gestating made me laugh out loud! 🙂
Nic saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 10:43 am
You are a goddess…… of the TRUTH. Thank you for being real. New moms could use more of this. I’m going to add these sock to the list of things to gift preggo friends!
Jamie saysJanuary 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm
Yes! Of course. I can’t not be real. This whole experience is….just too interesting not to share!
Debbie saysJanuary 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm
These comments make me so happy! Swole feet or not, you’re beautiful and sexy! And I love compression socks (though I fortunately have no need to worry about pregnancy!) 🤣
Jamie saysJanuary 10, 2018 at 10:12 pm
Hahah I’m glad the comments made you as happy as they made me! Swollen feet are a REAL thing right now but thank you for the kind words- it’s hard to feel beautiful when you’re swollen and peeing on yourself half the time (more on that later)! 🙂