My Love/Hate Relationship With Compression TightsLauren Jimeson
The second pregnancy has definitely been harsher on my body than the first. I recently told you about my unexpected pregnancy side effect, varicose veins. Since that first post, the veins have only gotten worse and the pain hasn’t gotten any more manageable.
When I asked my doctor ways to relieve the pain in my right leg, her first suggestions were to keep my feet up, try to exercise, and don’t stand on my feet too long. Without hesitation I followed my doctors suggestions almost immediately, with no relief.
Her last suggestion (and last resort) was to get a pair of compression tights to help with the circulation in my legs. I’d heard of compression tights before, but didn’t know much about them. I jumped on the internet to do a little research and found that while they may be helpful, they aren’t the most attractive things in the world. I finally came across a pair of footless ones that I could wear underneath leggings and jeans with my feet exposed.
My excitement for leg relief was overwhelming and I couldn’t wait to get them on. And that’s when the hate part of our relationship began.
Thinking that they would be just like any other tights, I scrunched them up to the bottom to put over my foot and then pull over my leg. I guess I underestimated the compression part of the tights because I spent the next 15 minutes doing any sort of maneuvers I could to get these tights on my legs.
Thank goodness I was in the room by myself because I’m sure I looked ridiculous being 6 1/2 months pregnant with my big belly sticking out and lying on the floor determined to get these tights on.
Once I did finally get them on, they felt great and I was able to wear them comfortably all day long (the love part of our relationship), even on my flight back home to New York City.
That night the hate part of our relationship came back as I attempted to take them off. Although not as hard as getting them on, taking them off was definitely still a challenge (and still required some pretty tricky maneuvers.)
After wearing the tights for a day, my right leg is already feeling better, which shows me that the tights are in fact working.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if you are suffering from varicose veins, compression tights are the way to go……if you can get them on!
Have you ever tried compression tights? Did you struggle with them as much as I did?