The following general information can be used to help you with some of the common medical conditions associated with pregnancy. Please note, this is general information only and you should always consult with your medical practitioner before making any medical decisions. If you have any questions regarding our products, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Are you suffering pregnancy related back pain? The Solidea Pregnancy Shorts can help by giving you a medium / strong, supportive cacoon for you and your baby. The medical grade compression provides support to both your upper and lower back, the soft non constricting pouch supports your growing belly and the special in-built pelvic belt supports your pelvis and lifts the load of your bladder to help stop you running to the toilet so often. Whilst the patented micro massage fabric continues to promote blood flow and circulation, long with comfort and stability, providing deep needed support for that aching back.
Five ways to keep your legs healthy during Pregnancy
- Remember, moving legs are healthier legs! Avoid standing and sitting for prolonged periods.
- Stay active. Frequent moderate physical exercise (example: walking, swimming, yoga) is important to maintain healthy legs and helps you maintain an overall healthy life-style.
- Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna as excessive heat will cause your veins to dilate and may induce swelling.
- Wear SOLIDEA medical compression hosiery. Compression hosiery and socks help promote blood circulation by improving venous blood return back to the heart.
- At night or when resting during the day, lie comfortably with your legs slightly elevated. For added comfort and support wear the Solidea Night Pregnancy thigh high stockings.
Do you suffer from Pelvic Instability, or more commonly known as Pelvic Girdle Pain? This condition causes pain around the joints of the pelvis (pelvic girdle) during and after pregnancy. The pelvis has 3 main joints, pubic symphysis joint (at the front) and 2 sacro-iliac joints (located at the base of the spine between the pelvic bones and sacrum). In normal pregnancy a hormone called Relaxin softens the ligaments around the joints of the pelvis. This is a natural process which assists childbirth and does not usually cause lasting discomfort. For some women this natural process seems to go wrong, causing the joints of the pelvis to loosen too much. This can result in the pelvis becoming unstable or out of alignment. Pregnancy can also put strain on muscles of the back, stomach, pelvic floor, hips and pelvic girdle which may lead to the pelvic joints becoming less stable.
Unfortunately Pelvic Instability is sometimes misdiagnosed as ‘aches & pains of pregnancy’ and women can miss out on the help they need. If you think that you may have PGP, and the symptoms don’t improve after a few days of rest, you should see your doctor or a women’s health physio. We highly recommend the Physiotherapists listed on Our Solidea stockist page. Some general do’s and don’ts if you do have pelvic instability include the following:
|Rest||Stand on one leg|
|Sleep with a pillow between your legs||Sit with your legs crossed|
|Stand with your weight distributed on both feet, try to stand up (from sitting on a chair/floor) in a squat position, not with one foot forward||Don’t do exercises where you have weight distributed unevenly (lunges, one leg squats/calf raises, yoga poses such that require a lunge or uneven distribution of weight between feet.|
|Switch on your core (particularly your tummy and pelvic floor muscles).||Carry children on your hip (if you have to carry them, carry on your back/front). Try to avoid carrying them as much as possible|
|Ice your painful joints for 20minutes at a time (repeat every 2 hours, until pain manageable)||Step over things or climb lots of stairs
|Walk/run as an exercise|
If you need to support PGP during or after your pregnancy, we highly recommend the Solidea Pregnancy Shorts during pregnancy and the Solidea Recovery Shorts for support and comfort following delivery.
Is your pain located primarily in the hip or pelvic region, or the result of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction? The Solidea Pregnancy shorts or the Opaque ccl.1 Pregnancy Stockings could help, comfortably worn to support the hips, to stabilise the pelvic region and to relieve pain and discomfort. The stockings also provide medical Class 1 compression to the legs whilst supporting the upper & lower back and cushioning the feet.
Do you suffer from vulvar varicosities (varicose veins in the vulvar/groin area), or suffered a prolapse? The Solidea Pregnancy Shorts and Pregnancy Stockings could help, providing compression and support to the groin area to help relieve the feeling of heaviness or ‘everything falling out’. Medical Compression (elastic compression in our case) is the force exerted by the shorts and stockings to create a “pump effect”, helping blood and lymph circulation to ease the pain of vulvar varicosities.
While most women will develop a diastasis (a split in the tummy muscles) due to their pregnancy, some women may be enduring their pregnancy with a slight gap. Usually this will have been diagnosed by a Physiotherapist. If you need to support a diastasis recti during your pregnancy, we highly recommend the Solidea Pregnancy Shorts during pregnancy and the Solidea Recovery Shorts for support and comfort following delivery. In extreme cases, your Physiotherapist may add other compression lines be added to assist with your needs.
If you have a low lying hernia such as an inguinal hernia, the Solidea pregnancy Shorts are ideal. This product will help support it during your pregnancy.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be very painful and is caused by the increase fluid caused by pregnancy, causing swelling in the wrists and hands and placing pressure on your nerves. The Solidea gauntlet will provide the support to the wrist, boost circulation and reduce swelling, which in turn helps relieve the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.