A recent article in the Journal Phlebologie (2013 ; 42: 301-307) looked at the benefits of wearing Compression Hosiery during pregnancy. The results as outlined below make for interesting reading
” At the beginning of the study, the quality of life and the subjective symptoms had been rated as worse in the group with compression hosiery than in the group without it. During the course of pregnancy, however, an improvement occurred rather than any exacerbation. The negative characteristics of wearing the compression hosiery were rated as negligible, which was reflected in the high compliance with regard to the length of time the hosiery was worn.
Compression therapy in pregnant women is well tolerated and counteracts the pregnancy-induced increase in lower leg volume and should therefore be included in the general health care recommendation for pregnant women”