Two of the main reasons why people wear compression socks is for air travel and relief during pregnancy. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that you should want to wear stockings if you are travelling while pregnant! While there are plenty of different socks available that are tailored to everyday wear, there are also some which are best suited for flying while pregnant. But how should you know what to look for?
Maternity Compression Socks
Maternity compression socks are designed specifically for those who are experiencing the stresses and strains of pregnancy. From your third trimester onwards (around week 22), you will likely start experiencing swelling in your legs and feet. This is because your veins are working overtime! With the added risk of you developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during long haul flights, there are even more reasons to start thinking about easing the strain.
But which compression socks are right for pregnant travellers? Is it safe to wear standard pregnancy socks on a flight? Possibly. However, your needs may vary compared with the next woman’s. You may even be able to wear standard travel socks while flying if there is enough pressure provided.
Thinking About Pressure
When looking for pregnancy compression socks, especially those which you can use while travelling,you should think carefully about the millimetres of mercury, or mmHg, on offer. A measure of around 15-20 mmHg should be considered healthy or normal for pregnancy use. You may even find travel socks which offer less. These numbers help to determine how much pressure is provided when you wear specific socks.
Maternity socks and other compression socks work by gently massaging the legs and feet, delivering constant pressure to keep your blood flowing. As your circulation is already likely to be working overtime while you are carrying a baby, travelling via plane can also put you at further risk of DVT. Therefore, you should always consider your travel options very carefully.
It is perfectly safe for you to travel while pregnant. However, it is always recommended that you try and make things as comfortable as possible. If you are set to embark on a long flight and are more than 22 weeks pregnant, consult your doctor for compression sock advice. They will also be able to give you some indication of the best mmHg levels for your needs.
Finding Compression Socks for Pregnancy Travel
Pregnancy brings its unique blends of stresses, strains, aches and pains. Don’t ever risk putting more stress on your legs and feet than you can help! Always prepare for long flights by looking carefully for the right compression socks to fit your needs.
Here at TXG, we offer a huge range of different compression socks and stockings to wear while travelling and during your everyday routine. If you’re travelling soon and are worried about your swelling feet, take a look at our specialist pregnancy travel socks in-store or online. Alternatively,call our team now for more advice on 0800 894 769.
Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.