Is it safe to wear tights during pregnancy?04:01:00
Is it safe to wear tights during pregnancy?
Yes, it's fine for you to wear tights when you’re pregnant.
Once you have a bump, you may prefer to wear maternity tights instead of ordinary ones. Some brands have shaped panels that cradle your bump and support it as it grows.
Most tights are made from synthetic fabrics, which can make you sweat. Thrush thrives in warm, moist conditions, so wearing tights may mean you're more likely to develop it. If you do, here are some natural remedies that may help.
Look for tights with a high blend of cotton or a cotton gusset. If you're prone to thrush, try not to wear tights every day. Leggings made from all-natural fibres such as cotton, bamboo or hemp may feel more comfortable, especially in the summer.
Hold-up stockings are another alternative to tights. However, they can irritate varicose veins, which are a common pregnancy niggle.
If you do have varicose veins, full-length maternity tights may actually help. This is because the extra support can ease your discomfort and swelling.
Some mums-to-be find that over-the-bump tights make their bump feel itchy. In this case, choose a pair of maternity tights that sit on your hips.