Maternity has quite a lot of side effects; so much so that it’s pretty unlikely that any woman won’t experience any at all. Some of these can cause simple discomfort, some can be downright irritating, and others can be even dangerous to both mother and child. It’s a particularly trying time for both, but thankfully, quite a few of these can be dealt with without frequent trips to the doctor or hospital.
Venosure products have been developed to help new mums both during and after pregnancy to improve health and comfort. Read on to find out about some of these conditions, and how Venosure can help you with them.
Discomfort and Lack of Support
Carrying a baby to full term is rewarding, but it’s also exhausting and uncomfortable, not to mention that the bump can make things difficult in finding clothes that fit. This is especially true when it comes to your legs: finding tights that are not only comfortable and warm, but will also stay in place so that you don’t have to keep hiking them up (something everybody wants to avoid while in public in particular!), and won’t ladder easily. And, of course, you want to look good while you’re at it.
Venosure have created a range of stylish maternity tights designed to give you warmth and comfort throughout your term, with an expanding front panel and anti-roll waistband that is flexible enough to stretch with your bump and stay up through the day. They’re strong enough to withstand wear and tear, while also washing well and retaining their shape.
Swollen Ankles and Oedema
Between 50 - 80% of healthy pregnant women have swelling (oedema) of some kind, usually in the feet and ankles, and hot weather can make it worse. This is down to your body holding on to more fluid than usual. It tends to be most severe leading up to the due date, and can particularly affect women carrying multiple foetuses. It also gets worse around the end of the day.
Most of the time, the most anyone has to worry about is swelling, discomfort, soreness and varicose veins, but sudden or severe swelling in the face, feet or hands can be a sign of pre-eclampsia*, a potentially very serious condition for both mother and baby.
There are all sorts of things you can do to counter these symptoms, such as keeping your feet up, exercise, and massage, but a particularly effective way is to put on support stockings the moment you get up in the morning. These work to prevent blood pooling around your ankles and reduce swelling. Venosure Maternity Compression Socks have been developed specifically with this purpose in mind; they provide 10mmHg of pressure, the ideal level for the promotion of healthy blood flow and good circulation, and are ideal for use both during pregnancy and postpartum. They also feature a technical knit pattern that makes them easy to put on and take off, and are available in Onyx Black and Pebble Blue, both in UK shoe sizes 3 - 6 and 6 - 9.
*Venosure Maternity Compression Socks are effective in helping to lessen the effects of oedema, but in a potential case of pre-eclampsia, we urgently advise contacting your doctor.
Sore, Dry or Chapped Nipples
Breastfeeding should be a rewarding and happy bonding time between mother and baby, but very often can become painful and stressful in the case of sensitive or delicate skin. The changes to the body plus the pressure of regular feeding can lead to soreness, dryness or chapping around the breasts and nipples, which are sensitive areas already. This can cause new mothers to dread feeding time, or at worst even quitting breast-feeding altogether (which can be detrimental to baby’s health, as the mother stops lactating and has to rely on formula, inferior to breast milk).
It doesn’t have to be like that. Regular application of a gentle, nourishing balm can soothe irritation and make breast-feeding the productive experience it should be. Obviously, such a balm needs to be safe for both baby and mother, and Venosure’s Luxe BreastBalm with Rosehip Oil has been formulated with this in mind. Its prime ingredient, rosehip oil, has long been prized for its restorative properties and high vitamin content; it also contains shea butter to moisturise the skin and prevent dryness, and beeswax to soothe and protect without clogging the pores.