5 Ways to Maintain Healthy Circulation During Pregnancy

September 05, 2015

5 Ways to Maintain Healthy Circulation During Pregnancy

Maintaining a healthy circulatory system is so important – it helps to keep you active, strong and comfortable. Symptoms of poor circulation can include anything from tingly limbs and discomfort to the development of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, which can be life threatening. Men and women of all ages should be proactive about their circulatory health (for a few tips on getting started, go here), but if you’re pregnant, you will definitely want to read on! During pregnancy, a woman’s body is working in overdrive to protect and nourish not one, but two – this takes a serious toll on the circulatory system. In some cases, pregnancy can cause swelling, discomfort, blood clots, edema and more.

There are lots ways, however, that you can prevent these possible complications and improve circulation during all stages of pregnancy! Here are five easy things you can do to make a big difference in your circulatory health for you and your little one:

  1. Stay well-nourished – What you eat has never been so important! According to WebMD, you should be eating a wide variety of healthy foods to get all of your needed nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Be sure to incorporate three servings of iron-rich foods per day to keep your red blood cell count up.
  2. Stay active – Make time for physical activity every single day, from mild work outs to walks around the neighborhood. (We know you’re tired, but you can do it!) You will also want to take regular breaks from sitting to walk around and stretch out, especially when traveling.
  3. Get comfortable – Even if you can still fit into your favorite pair of jeans for the first few months of your pregnancy, it’s important to wear loose and comfy clothing so that you don’t cut off your circulation.
  4. Put your feet up – Keep your legs uncrossed when sitting or lying and put your feet up whenever you can to help the blood travel back up the legs. This will feel good and help swelling and discomfort go down.
  5. Wear compression socks – VIM & VIGR’s compression socks will be your best friend during pregnancy – they’ll keep your blood flowing, reducing aches, pains, inflammation, spider and varicose veins and sluggishness. This is especially important during times that you can’t stretch or move around, such as when you’re sleeping or traveling. Browse through VIM & VIGR’s selection of high-quality socks here.

If you have had a child or are currently pregnant, what are some tips that you have for improving circulation?





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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

Size Chart - VIM & VIGR Fashionable Compression Legwear

Sleeves & Tights

 

Fabric Collections:

NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 82% Nylon/18% Spandex

MOISTURE-WICK NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 75% Moisture-wick polyester/13% Nylon/12% Spandex

COTTON

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex

MERINO WOOL

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.