How to support your back, abdomen and veins during and after pregnancy
Becoming a mom is an exciting time for every woman: the feeling of joyful anticipation grows with every day. As the pregnancy progresses, symptoms such as swollen legs and back pain may occur. medi offers an extensive premium assortment of (medical) aids – for the time during and after pregnancy – to help expectant mothers and young mothers feel completely at ease.
Pregnancy hormones cause ligaments to become softer and more elastic in the pelvis and lower back. The mother’s growing baby belly shifts the body’s centre of gravity. Her abdominal wall tightens and the load on the lumbar vertebra region increases. This can lead to back pain.
After pregnancy, it is important to help the body regenerate. The still elastic ligaments, for example, cause discomfort in the sacroiliac joints (sacrum and ilium joints). The lower part of the spinal column merges with the pelvis there. Since the body transitions from one axis (spinal column) to two axes (two legs) there, this area is particularly susceptible – even outside of pregnancy. The pain can radiate into the lumbar spine.
Tired and swollen legs in the course of the day are a common side effect during the months of pregnancy. The expectant mother gradually gains weight. Her body produces more blood and the pressure in her veins increases. Many women first notice spider veins or varicose veins during pregnancy. The pressure of the stocking counteracts the leg muscles from the outside: during movement the muscles become tense, the veins between the muscles are compressed, and the venous valves close better. As a result, the blood is pumped back to the heart efficiently and the swelling subsides. Medical compression stockings can relieve the strain on the legs and promote well-being.
Dysfunction of the venous system can also affect the surrounding skin tissue as your skin becomes more sensitive. Wearing compression stockings every day can also make your skin dry out. That is why medi offers a special care range that pampers your legs during pregnancy. It supplies your skin with moisture: the daytime gel refreshes, while night-time gel helps your skin regenerate. There is also a cooling spray you can spray directly onto the medi stocking while you wear it. The gentle foam lotion medi soft provides moisture around the clock.