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  • She has a history of vascular disorders, venous insufficiency disorders
  • She already has varicose veins, swollen legs or discomfort
  • She already has thrombophlebitis (clot in a blood vessel)
  • She is over 35
  • She has a BMI of over 30, obesity
  • She smokes
  • She is carrying twins, which means more weight, more risk
  • She will take a flight (travel ideally should take place between 18-24 weeks)

How Support and Compression Socks and Stockings Work

  • Photo - Bas de compression enceinteSupport socks place high pressure lower down, and then less and less as they rise towards the top. They act like a pump that pushes blood towards the top. This improves blood circulation from the bottom towards the top.
  • By compressing blood vessels, we try to reduce vessel dilation at the same time as the accumulation of liquids in the lower limbs.
  • Leg compression can compensate for a deficiency in the venous walls in the blood vessels and as such reduce retention.

The Role of Support Socks

  • Soothe heavy limbs, liquid accumulation and twinges, swelling
  • Reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (phlebitis)
  • Prevent venous disorders and insufficiency

Continue reading with : Advice to Improve Venous Insufficiency in Lower Limbs During Pregnancy.