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Accompanying compression therapy during pregnancy

From Bauerfeind Life Magazin on 17.06.2020

Story Check In pregnant women, medical compression stockings provide targeted relief for the venous system and aid thrombosis prevention.

  • The VenoTrain micro and VenoTrain soft are available as maternity pantyhose.
  • An early prescription – and where possible, a low Ccl – increases compliance of pregnant women.
  • Medical compression stockings do not impact the spending budget for medicines and therapeutic measures and are exempt from prescription limits.

During pregnancy and the postpartum period, medical compression stockings support the venous system, which is subjected to additional strain, and help prevent thrombosis.

An increased blood volume, dilated vascular walls, a heightened risk of thrombosis – there are many reasons why experts recommend medical compression stockings from the twelfth week of pregnancy at the latest. A study1 finds that , in the early stages of a pregnancy, wearing medical compression stockings can even reduce nausea and vomiting – about as effectively as the approved pills available for these symptoms.

Special design for pregnant women

The VenoTrain micro compression stocking is available for pregnant women in a pantyhose version with an extra wide expansion zone for the growing baby bump. This means that the uterus and therefore the development of the baby will not be restricted, yet the veins and lymph vessels in the thigh and the lower leg are pleasantly compressed and relieved. Thanks to its soft knitted fabric with a microfiber content , the VenoTrain micro is comfortable to wear and thus helps the expectant mothers’ well-being.
The VenoTrain soft is a little more durable and is available as custom-made maternity pantyhose. The fine knitted fabric is specially designed to gently massage the skin and stimulate blood flow.
In order to support compliance with wearing compression pantyhose, it helps to prescribe them early so that pregnant women can practice putting them on while their belly doesn’t restrict their mobility quite as much. In addition, compression class 1 stockings can generally be prescribed in Germany for mild vein problems without a pronounced tendency to edema formation and are included in the insurance coverage. The products are exempt from budgetary constraints and prescription benchmarks. Better adherence is often achieved with stockings from a lower compression class because they are more comfortable to wear and easier to put on, thanks to the reduced pressure. However, there are also different materials within the compression classes, leading to different levels of elasticity. These can also have an effect on treatment success. That is why the product name can be specified in the prescription in Germany.2

Information required on the prescription:

• Medical aid number
• Diagnosis/indication
• Product name
• Number of stockings (units/pairs)
• Compression class (Ccl)
• Length or stocking style
• Additional features (fastening)
• Specifications for custom-made solutions (if applicable)
• Short reason for choice of product , where a particular product is
named on the prescription2

1  Mendoza, E. et al: A randomized crossover trial on the effect of medical compression stockings on nausea and vomiting as well as fatigue in early pregnancy,
published in vasomed 3/2017.
2  See guidelines for medical compression therapy, AWMF registration number 037/005.

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