When you’re expecting a baby, there is so much time spent focusing on taking care of yourself during pregnancy and preparing to give birth, that sometimes what to expect during the postpartum can be overlooked or more of an afterthought. But that’s not a good way to set yourself up for success! It takes just a little bit of time and planning to gather the items that will help ease your transition to motherhood and prepare you for an easier postpartum.
Compression garments have been used for a long time among several groups of people, but they are just starting to be a more common tool for the pregnant population. Maybe you're new to using compression to help with some of the discomforts of pregnancy, or maybe you've been using compression for pregnancy but hadn't thought about compression during the postpartum—either way, lets talk about how long you should wear the various compression options both before and after baby arrives.
Wearing maternity compression socks has so many benefits both in pregnancy and postpartum, but it’s very important to learn how to properly put them on for maximum relief and comfort all day long! Watch our helpful step-by-step video showing how to get the perfect fit, featuring Motif's Compression Director and Certified Professional Midwife, Rebekah Mustaleski.
You've just delivered your precious new baby—congratulations! This time in life is filled with so much fun and excitement, but recovering from a cesarean delivery is also a lot of hard work. You have an adorable newborn to care for, feed, and admire, while also healing from major abdominal surgery. I hope your family and friends will help you with caring for your house and your family in the first few weeks, but let’s take a look at how compression garments can help your body recover during this time. Isn't it nice to know there are aids available to help you heal from your cesarean?
Why would you wear compression socks while you’re pregnant? There are so many reasons! Pregnancy compression socks can help reduce discomfort in your feet and ankles, support your cardiovascular system by promoting good blood flow, and they can help you stay more comfortable when you’re on your feet for long periods of time. Every expecting mother should have at least one pair of compression socks for pregnancy!
To be specific, maternity compression garments are medically designed by experts to provide support, relief, and stabilization for increased comfort during pregnancy and to assist with postpartum healing. It’s no secret that pregnancy takes a toll on your body, but maternity compression is able to target specific areas to help you stay on your feet during pregnancy and recover after giving birth.
So you’ve heard that you may qualify for maternity compression through insurance, but what exactly is maternity compression? They’re your new secret weapon as an expectant or recovering mom. There are three main types of maternity compression garments that may be recommended by your doctor depending on your individual needs and whether you’re expecting or postpartum.
You've just had a baby – congratulations!! – and now you've entered into the transitional period called “postpartum.” Since your baby is no longer occupying the space in your abdomen, all of your organs and muscles are settling back into their usual places. Your abdominal muscles, which stretched apart to make room for baby, are slowly coming back together. Your connective tissues and ligaments that softened to make space for the birth are shrinking and firming up. Your hips, pelvis, and spine are re-aligning too.
Pregnancy is such a fun and exciting time for a family! There are so many new things to learn about, new sensations that you’ll feel, and your baby’s body is developing new parts and systems every day. But what about the changes happening to your body? Pregnancy can change your posture, your balance, and put additional pressure on your joints and pelvic floor–all of which increase the workload of your muscles and ligaments.
Are you expecting a new bundle of joy? As your body prepares for delivery, you may begin to experience new aches, pains and fatigue. Luckily, help is available through Maternity Compression garments. And the best news? Maternity Compression garments are often covered through insurance with a doctor’s prescription.