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Leg health during pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, compression could be your secret weapon to help you along your journey and keep your legs happy and healthy.

During pregnancy many of the hormonal changes take place in the first ten weeks. These changes can cause the blood vessel walls to relax to allow for your baby’s growth, reducing the effectiveness of the valves in your veins which help return old blood back to the heart,

The extra pressure on your veins due to the weight of carrying your baby, combined with increased blood volume during pregnancy and reduced mobility increases your risk of developing puffy or swollen legs, spider veins, and varicose veins.

Did you know that the risk of developing varicose veins is up to 82% higher in women who have a history of pregnancy compared with those who have never been pregnant? (Ismail et al, 2016)

Taking the pressure off

It is common during pregnancy to experience leg health symptoms such as heavy, tired aching legs and swollen ankles. These can be alleviated by taking steps to maintain leg health throughout your maternity months:

  • Keeping active – avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you can try to squeeze in some light to moderate exercise such as walking, swimming, or simple leg exercises

  • Good skin care - Aside from the obvious bodily changes, pregnancy can also cause some noticeable changes to your skin. This can increase sensitivity, both to smells and certain ingredients which can limit what skin care you use

  • Combined with wearing compression - to help promote blood circulation and healthy legs

How compression hosiery can help make pregnancy more manageable

When it comes to taking care of your legs during your pregnancy, you can rely on Activa Compression Hosiery.

Wearing compression hosiery helps to push blood flow back up towards your heart alleviating feelings of heavy and tired legs. Swollen ankles at the end of the day is common during pregnancy and wearing compression hosiery can help prevent this.

Compression hosiery which generally stop below the knee are probably all you need and won’t get in the way of the bump. However, you may prefer a thigh length pair if you have sore or prominent veins at the back of your knee or on your thigh.

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Activa Below Knee

Class 1 and 2

Activa Below Knee Below Knee order codes

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Sand
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 259-0420 EGD9255 88481 259-0628 EGD9231 88502 - - -
Medium 259-0446 EGD9256 88482 259-0685 EGD9232 88503 - - -
Large 259-0461 EGD9257 88483 259-0743 EGD9233 88504 - - -
Xlarge 259-0487 EGD9258 88484 259-0784 EGD9234 88505 - - -
Honey
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 259-0438 EGD9259 88485 259-0651 EGD9235 88506 - - -
Medium 259-0453 EGD9260 88486 259-0701 EGD9236 88507 - - -
Large 259-0479 EGD9261 88487 259-0750 EGD9237 88508 - - -
Xlarge 259-0495 EGD9262 88488 259-0792 EGD9325 88509 - - -
Black
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 278-2373 EGD9263 88489 259-0669 EGD9326 88510 - - -
Medium 278-2381 EGD9264 88490 259-0735 EGD9327 88511 - - -
Large 278-2399 EGD9265 88491 259-0776 EGD9328 88512 - - -
Xlarge 278-2407 EGD9266 88492 259-0800 EGD9329 88513 - - -

Activa Thigh Length

Class 1 and 2

Activa Thigh Length Thigh Length order codes

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Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 259-0321 EGD9246 88540 259-0529 EGD9218 88552 - - -
Medium 259-0354 EGD9247 88541 259-0552 EGD9219 88553 - - -
Large 259-0388 EGD9248 88542 259-0586 EGD9220 88554 - - -
Xlarge 259-0412 EGD9249 88543 259-0610 EGD9221 88555 - - -
Honey
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 259-0313 EGD9242 88536 259-0511 EGD7230 88548 - - -
Medium 259-0347 EGD9243 88537 259-0545 EGD9215 88549 - - -
Large 259-0370 EGD9244 88538 259-0578 EGD9216 88550 - - -
Xlarge 259-0404 EGD9245 88539 259-0602 EGD9217 88551 - - -
Sand
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 259-0305 EGD9238 88532 259-0503 EGD9275 88544 - - -
Medium 259-0339 EGD9239 88533 259-0537 EGD9276 88545 - - -
Large 259-0362 EGD9240 88534 259-0560 EGD9212 88546 - - -
Xlarge 259-0396 EGD9241 88535 259-0594 EGD9214 88547 - - -

Activa Ribbed Sock

Class 1 and 2

Activa Ribbed Sock Ribbed Sock order codes

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Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 278-2415 EGD9267 88498 259-4463 EGD9330 88519 - - -
Medium 278-2423 EGD9268 88499 259-0891 EGD9331 88520 - - -
Large 278-2431 EGD9269 88500 259-0917 EGD9332 88521 - - -
Xlarge 278-2449 EGD9270 88501 259-0933 EGD9333 88522 - - -
Brown
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small - - - 259-4471 EGD9334 88523 - - -
Medium - - - 259-0909 EGD9335 88524 - - -
Large - - - 259-0925 EGD9336 88525 - - -
Xlarge - - - 259-0941 EGD9337 88526 - - -

Activa Tights

Class 1 and 2

Activa Tights Tights order codes

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Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small 286-9998 EGD9948 88560 - - - - - -
Medium 287-0004 EGD11068 88561 - - - - - -
Large 287-0012 EGD11069 88562 - - - - - -
Xlarge 287-0020 EGD11070 88563 - - - - - -
Natural
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Small - - - 287-0038 EGD11071 88564 - - -
Medium - - - 287-0046 EGD11072 88565 - - -
Large - - - 287-0053 EGD11073 88566 - - -
Xlarge - - - 287-0061 EGD11074 88567 - - -

Compression hosiery on prescription

Following an assessment from your GP, wearing compression hosiery during pregnancy can help alleviate feelings of tired, heavy and swollen legs, often common throughout pregnancy.

Prescriptions for compression are free during pregnancy to help keep your legs healthy and manage potential vein problems. Your pharmacist, GP or midwife can provide you with more information, advise on the benefits and suitability of compression.

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