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#1 of 3 Old 03-16-2007, 12:11 PM - Thread Starter
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I just got fitted yesterday with a pair of compression stockings for leg and foot swelling and was told to wear them from as soon as I wake up (before getting out of bed) until the last minute of the day going back to bed. Sounds great - but then it occurred to me last night, when am I supposed to take a shower? If I take them off after breakfast in the morning to take one, I was told not to use lotion on my legs because the oils break down the stockings - so over time - yuck! Also, they said once I take them off during the day, I probably won't be able to get them back on again. If I take a shower at night - when my leg swelling is the worst - isn't that defeating the purpose of wearing them at all?

Anyway, I'm just curious. For those of you out there who wear them, what do you do?
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get up, take a shower, lay back down, put your legs up, and in about 1 minute the blood drains back down to where it should be -- then put them on, legs up! (pretty comical when a PG lady does this, ask my DH)

when you take them off at night, as long as you wont be on your feet (say, if you are watching tv) its ok not to wear them for a few hours before bed....just keep your feet elevated as much as possible.


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No question, they are a pain in the butt. I had to wear them in my previous pregnancy through the summer because of my vericose veins and superficial clots, and now, will have to wear them all through this one and that mean through the summer into October when I am due. No sandals, and extra heat, nice.

I agree that you can take a shower in the morning and then put your legs up again and put them on. I actually take my shower at night so I take them off then. If I don't go to bed right away, I am usually at the couch with my legs up. I do use lotion occasionally because the hose seem to make my skin flaky so after a shower and a shave, I will put some on, but then I'm not putting the hose on right away either.

HTH! I hope you find a system that works for you!
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