Gradient compression socks for pregnancy deliver a graduated pressure, with the greatest pressure at the foot and ankle and the level of compression gradually decreasing on the way up the calf. The best time of day to put on compression socks is at the start of the day, before getting out of bed when swelling is minimal. Once your legs become too swollen, it can be difficult to put them on.
If you don’t frequently experience foot and leg swelling or varicose veins, you may only need to wear them when you know you’ll be on your feet for an extended period. Because Motif gradient compression socks are not as tight at the top as at the bottom, they are easy to take off at the end of the day. It’s not necessary to wear them while you sleep when your feet are level with your upper body. Compression socks can be worn throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period.