Hi all - just wondering if any of you out there are wearing compression stockings, or have experience with them? I'm starting to get some issues with varicose veins. I've always had a few in my upper thighs, even before pregnant, but the ones I have are getting more prominent, and I'm sprouting a few new ones - most noticably (and depressingly!) in my left calf muscle. Argh! I can't even hide that one under dresses! Boo Aside from their ugly appearance, the worst part is I'm getting some aches and pains from them too. My SIL, a pharmacist and mom of 2, suggested I get some compression stockings, so I bought a pair off of Amazon. I wore them once last week, and HOLY COW are they tight. I followed the sizing guide and purchased a Medium based on my weight and the measurements of my leg at ankle, calf, and thigh - but even though they are correct, it just feels awfully tight. I realize that's the idea - but still, its a whole other experience actually wearing them.
Once they've been on an hour or so, I start to get used to it - but GETTING them on is a whole other ordeal. It seriously took me about 15-20 minutes to get them on the first time because they're so unbelievably tight that you have to just inch them up, little by little. It takes forever - and the kicker is, ideally you should wear them only after you've been laying down awhile, so that blood isn't pooled in your legs. So its like laying on the bed to wear your tightest pair of jeans, except its like the world's most snug pantyhouse - - so awkward and difficult to tug on, and with my belly! Just like the poster below with pulling on her boots - I seriously broke a sweat getting them on!
Wondering if anyone here has advice, suggestions, commiserations, etc. on how to handle this! I actually didn't put them on today because I just didn't have the time to fight with them before having to leave for work Thanks in advance!