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!):
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.*