Review: Daylong Compression Hosiery (not as “Old Lady” as it sounds..!)

Remember my 21 week pregnancy update when I mentioned my legs were achey? And then my 27 week update when I mentioned they felt better because I’d been wearing magic tights? Now is the time to behold Daylong Compression Hosiery!

 Compression hosiery might sound like it’s for oldies, in fact just the word hosiery makes me think of Nora Batty but, we ladies love a good pair of tights in the winter!

 My last pregnancy was during the summer so I didn’t have the err…pleasure (!) of attempting to put on a pair tights whilst accommodating an ample tummy. Not to mention the fact that as these bad boys are compression tights, they’re even more of a workout to get into!

 The science says the hosiery works by applying firm and graduated compression to the veins and muscles in your legs, assisting the body’s natural mechanism for returning blood to the heart. The first time I put them on, my legs felt instantly cooled. I thought it was all in my mind but it actually really happens! Because the tights improve circulation, increasing oxygen delivery and blood flow, this can result in a cooling sensation. Who’d have thought.

When ordering your hosiery, you need to ensure you order the correct size. This involves the use of a tape measure! They need to be the correct size to apply the right amount of pressure to your legs.

 I chose to try out the Solidea Magic Maman Anti Cellulite Maternity Tights in 12-15mmHg which is an Extra Light compression – you can also choose Light, Moderate and Firm.  

Here’s a pic of me in the tights (Note: this is clearly NOT me, as if I would do that to you lovely lot! You don’t want to see the real me in tights, trust me it’s better this way!):

tights

 My legs definitely feel less achey when I wear the tights. I tested them whilst Christmas shopping one evening after a day at work. I wore the tights all day around the office and then all evening around town and my legs ached far less than when I’d done the same thing the week before, without wearing the tights.

Aside from helping my achey legs, they’re also really good for supporting my back and my bump, far more than a normal pair of maternity tights. And to be honest, I’d wear them for this reason alone. The better the support for yourbump, the better your posture and therefore the way you feel. My bump is already very heavy and even just the light support of these compression tights made a difference so I’m really keen to try the firm ones! Especially as my bump gets bigger and my back gets achey.

All in all, I like these tights as they are helping my achey legs but possibly more so, they’re helping support my big bump and in turn, my back. And that’s just from the Light support range. So I imagine the Firm support range to be even better, although I’m not so keen on the thought of actually trying to get those ones on. It might be a two man job..!

 

 *Note: I was sent a pair of Daylong maternity compression hosiery for the purpose of this review.  I have reviewed honestly and all words and opinions (but not photos!) are my own.*

27 week update…

OMG 27 weeks tomorrow! It’s been so long since I last posted an update, I’ve been so busy! We have moved house, have all been ill (especially Austin Bear who ended up having to go to hospital – he’s fine now and back to his cheeky self), started and finished Christmas shopping and bought our first real Christmas tree:

 Tree

So now it’s time for my next update…only 6 weeks after the last one!

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Marvel at my Christmas Jumper! This bad boy won 1st place in the annual Christmas Jumper Competition at work. BOOM.

Total weight gain: Yeah, so, I’ve decided to scrap this one. I weighed myself a couple of weeks ago and moaned to my friends who said “why are you doing it to yourself?!” and they’re right! I’m going to put on weight, especially as I am embracing my cravings, so I’ll deal with it after Betsy Bump is born. Right now, I’m going to enjoy Christmas and most importantly, Pigs in Blankets.

Stretch marks: None that I can see. Whoop!

Symptoms: I still get restless legs when I don’t use magnesium in my bath. My legs have actually been a bit less achey though, thanks to some magical tights which I’ll blog about shortly. Apart from that, just very tired.

Cravings: Betsy Bump is still down with the sugar cravings. But as they say, “Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of” this one certainly will be!

Best pregnancy related moment: We had a 4d scan and it was amazeballs. We also had one when I was pregnant with Austin (while he was still named Bert the Bump), his was at about 27 weeks, Betsy’s was at 25 weeks. Don’t you think she looks like her big brother:

scans

Worst pregnancy related moment: Errr I don’t think I’ve had any bad pregnancy times, not being able to help out much whilst we were moving house was a bit annoying but that’s about as bad as it got!

Belly Button: Oh man it’s like half in, half out. Hideous.

Wedding rings: Still on but tight, especially when I wake up hot in the mornings! I took it off quite easily in the shower the other day though so I reckon I’ve got a few weeks worth of wear left yet!

Ability to paint toenails: I really need to paint them actually. I think I can still reach them so I’ll give it a go!

Predictions: Well the scan showed that Betsy is still a girl, which is good as she already has some lovely little girls outfits now! I’m still hoping she’ll be in the 8lb rather than 9lb range but I’m not holding my breath! Now we just need to think of a name for her. It’s proving quite tough so all suggestions are very welcome! We’d like it to sound good with Austin, be difficult to shorten and nothing too popular/common. Oh and it can’t begin with K because our surname does and I’m not down with that…go!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!x