I'm flying tomorrow and will fly again in April and May, and it just occurred to me to wonder about compression socks. Did you or do you wear any during pregnancy? How far along did you start? And does flight length make a difference?
I'm currently 19 weeks, and none of these three flights will be longer than 3.5 hours. If I do need some for tomorrow, I'm assuming somewhere like Target, CVS or Walgreens might have them?
nectarine / 2821 posts
I did and I had to take them off in the bathroom partway. Maybe it helped for the time I was wearing them? I absolutely hate wearing tight things though.
pear / 1737 posts
I did and they were very beneficial for me. I wore them for a 3 hour flight at 24 weeks and a 9 hour flight at 27 weeks. I still swelled a bit, but it would have been worse without them. I also wore them for car trips longer than 1.5 hours or I swelled. I got them at a local pharmacy. Walmart also had cheaper lower compression rating ones. The ones I got from the pharmacy were sigvaris brand and were knee high and perfect; it was worth spending the extra money in a good brand.
I would wear them for your length of flight.
pomelo / 5257 posts
@junebugsmama: Yeah, that's definitely the downside. The idea of something tight while sitting on a plane is not super appealing!
@Mrs. Goose: Thanks, I'm glad to know it was helpful! I noticed my ankles have been getting a tiny bit puffy, probably from sitting at my work desk all day, which is what made me think of this.
pear / 1648 posts
I wore them on transatlantic flights at 26 and 28 weeks, and I do think they were necessary. I didn't wear them on shorter 2 hour flights and they weren't truly necessary, but I did have some swelling. If you're already swelling at work you may want to pick some up just to be safe. Walmart and most drug stores seem to have them - I got the ones more like ace bandage material than like regular socks. I think they were called medium pressure or something like that?
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I flew cross country when at the end of 2nd trimester and didn't. I just made sure I got up once in while and walked around.
pear / 1879 posts
I took a transatlantic flight (7ish hours) at about 25 weeks last time and did not have compression socks-- I wish I had though! I swelled horribly and had difficulties walking for a few days when I arrived. I will be trying them when I fly around 25ish weeks on a long, long flight this summer!
grapefruit / 4545 posts
I bought them for a flight to Hungary at 20w and ended up not using them. I got bumped to business so I was able to chug fluids and stretch often w the extra space...
honeydew / 7463 posts
I did on two flights because my swelling was pretty bad from early on.
One flight around 20 weeks that was 4 hours cross country.
Another to and from Italy around 25 weeks (babymoon).
I honestly don't know if I would do it again. It sort of helped with swelling, but they still blew up when I get there anyway. And I just had really bad indents.
grapefruit / 4361 posts
I didn't, but then again, I didn't have a lot of swelling even though I was absolutely huge. However, my doctor did write a medical note for me, requesting that I be allowed early boarding so I could get a seat close to the bathroom. It was awesome.
pear / 1503 posts
I flew to and from Turkey at 20 and 22 weeks - 12 and 14 hour flights. I asked my OB if she recommended the compression stockings. She said because I hadn't had any swelling or BP issues, and was late in the pregnancy it wasn't needed. I didn't wear them, but got up frequently and walked the aisles (as I normally do on long flights), and kept hydrated, and was fine.