Maternity Compression Stockings
Soothe Swollen Feet, Ankles, Legs During Pregnancy
If you’re suffering from swollen feet, ankles and legs in pregnancy (or after giving birth), we have one word of advice - don’t! Maternity compression stockings have helped countless women feel more comfortable (while reducing the risk of lasting varicose veins and dangerous conditions).
Even better, maternity compression stockings promote physical well-being in a number of ways, they are covered under some insurance plans.
Benefits of wearing maternity compression stockings during pregnancy and after delivery:
- Reduces swelling and discomfort in your feet, ankles and legs - especially after being on your feet for an extended period of time.
- Promotes blood circulation back to your heart to ease pain and reduce the risk of developing blood clots/deep vein thrombosis.
- Decreases the risk of spider and varicose veins (it’s estimated that 30 to 40% of first time expectant moms develop varicose veins and that number increases with subsequent pregnancies).
Maternity Compression Stockings though Insurance
1 Natural Way works with many insurance providers to offer maternity compression stockings to expecting and postpartum moms. Often, these compression stockings are fully covered, so there’s no copay for you!
Some of the major and regional plans we work with include:
- Aetna Better Health (Ohio, Texas)
- Alaska Medicaid
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Baylor Scott & White
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Buckeye Health Plan
- CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Caresource (Ohio)
- Medical Mutual / Mutual Health Services
- Molina Healthcare (Ohio)
- Ohio Medicaid
- RightCare from Scott & White
- United Healthcare Community Plan of Ohio
- Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Graduated compression design maximizes comfort - delivers greater pressure in the feet and ankles and progressively decreases toward the top of the stockings.
- Fitted design keeps the stocking from falling down or bunching up in your shoe.
- Made from yarns that stretch and wick moisture - so they’re easy to put on and keep feet dry.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maternity Compression Stockings
Why do I have swollen feet during pregnancy? Not to mention swollen ankles and legs?
As you are no doubt experiencing first hand, a woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy. One such change is an increase in blood volume and fluid. This fluid can remain in the interstitial spaces of the tissues, which can cause swelling in the legs, ankles and feet.
Maternity compression stockings work, in part, by applying light pressure to the exterior portion of the legs, which helps prevent fluid from accumulating.
If you are looking for more information about pregnancy and swelling or you are concerned about the swelling you are experiencing during pregnancy, you should consult your doctor.
What is the level of compression in your maternity compression stockings?
Compression stockings offer varying levels of compression, which is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher the number, the more compression you get. 1 Natural Way offers medical-grade compression stockings that are 20-30 mmHg that require a prescription from your doctor.
Is there a difference between compression stockings and compression socks?
Generally, no. Most people use the term interchangeably, including the manufacturers. Insurance companies tend to use the term “stockings” more frequently, so 1 Natural Way typically uses the term “stockings” since we provide them to moms through insurance.
When do I wear maternity compression stockings?
Compression stockings are typically put on in the morning (they are easier to get on before swelling begins) and taken off before going to bed.
Your physician should assess your specific needs and advise a schedule that is best for you.
Why is a prescription required to receive maternity compression stockings through insurance?
A prescription from your physician (or midwife) is required by your insurance company to support that these stockings are medically necessary.