The Best Compression Socks for Pregnancy

by Nicole Justus |

Wearing compression socks while you are pregnant can be a very beneficial thing. But with so many different brands on the market, how do you know that you are getting a decent pair without braking the bank? I recommend the Physix brand of compression socks because they provide support, are affordable, and they wash well. Read on to find out other brands that come close to Physix.

My top recommendations:

  1. Physix
  2. SB SOXS
  3. A-Swift
  4. Blitzu

Ahhh. Pregnancy. The time when you get to feel like a beached mammal while still trying to function as a normal human being. (Can you tell that I am in my third trimester while writing this?) After being pregnant with my third child, I started to see the wear and tear that my poor body was experiencing. I developed pretty bad varicose veins on my right calf and compression socks became my best friend.

Other than being a mother (as if that isn’t hard enough), I am also a full-time Registered Nurse. After working 12 hour shifts during my career, I began to wear compression socks years ago because they really did reduce the pain and swelling in my feet and legs after being on them all day long.

My last passion other than nursing and parenting is running. I am a long distance runner that uses running as my therapy. (Well, for therapy and because I like to eat.) Running long distances can also cause strain on your lower legs and give you the same problems as being on your feet all day or being pregnant. I have developed a great respect for athletic compression socks versus medical grade ones because they are cheaper and they have a much cooler look to them that makes me feel more like an athlete and less like a granny.

I am also a budget savvy momma who believes in saving a dollar wherever I can. If you are currently pregnant or have children already, I am sure that you have noticed that attaching “maternity” or “pregnancy” to anything automatically increases the price. By purchasing athletic socks instead, you can get quality compression without spending a fortune.

All of the compression socks that I have recommended are based on my experience as a Registered Nurse, mom, runner with a tight budget in mind.

Why are compression socks so beneficial?

Compression socks are beneficial for anyone, but more importantly for pregnant women. The benefits include:

  • They help to prevent varicose veins
  • They can decrease pain when you are on your feet all day
  • Compression socks are completely safe to wear without any risks
  • They help prevent blood clots by preventing blood from pooling in your lower legs
  • They assist the blood in returning back to the heart after it is pumped down to your feet (Gravity makes this an uphill battle!)

What do you want in a good pair of compression socks?

  • Graduated compression, which means they are tightest at the ankles and the pressure decreases as the sock goes up the calf
  • Compression of 20 to 30 mmHg is recommended for pregnant women (Although they do make socks with more and less, this is the best for most pregnant women)
  • Socks made out of breathable material
  • A great price because you will need to hand wash them and have several pairs (because who can hand wash socks every night?)
  • A good selection of colors so that you can wear them to work

So why are these compression socks the best?

Physix

These awesome socks are my top pick for many reasons. I love that they let your feet and legs breathe, and they do wash well. I really wish they came in more sizes though so that you could guarantee a better fit!

Pros:

  • These socks come in 9 different colors, which means you can show your personality
  • They wash well (although you do have to hand wash them)
  • They are made with antibacterial fabric
  • Graduated compression of 20-30mmHg
  • Support on the heel, foot, and calf for extra comfort
  • The breathable fabric doesn’t cause you to sweat all day
  • The material rapidly air dries in just a few hours (great for procrastinators like me!)
  • Doesn’t squeeze the toes and cause discomfort
  • Double stitched to hold its shape, which can make them last longer

Cons:

  • They only come in 2 sizes, which are S/M and L/XL which can mean that the sizing may not be perfect
  • They are the most expensive out of the entire group that I have recommended (although they are still pretty affordable!)
  • Difficult to put on (all compression socks are!)
  • The stitching on the toes can cause rubbing (For this, you can cut the toes out. The ones that we give patients in the hospital don’t even have toes to them!)

SB SOXS

Image of the SB SOX Compression Socks (20-30mmHg) for Men & Women - BEST Socks for Running, Medical, Athletic, Varicose Veins, Travel, Pregnancy, Shin Splints, Nursing. (Black/Gray, Large)

I really like these socks because they have 4 different options of sizes for you to choose from. Having this can lead to a better fit, which is key with compression socks.

Pros:

  • These come in 5 different colors, including neutrals if you need to wear them in a more professional setting
  • There are 4 different sizes, which can help ensure a better fit
  • They are pretty cheap so you can buy several pairs
  • The heel and toe are reinforced and cushioned for comfort
  • They have 20 to 30mmHg of graduated compression

Cons:

  • If you don’t hand wash and air dry, the material will fall apart!
  • Sizing can be difficult, so be sure to use the sizing chart that is on the listing on Amazon
  • There is no foot support, which can leave you aching in your arch if you need support there (but a great shoe is key to good foot support!)
  • The toes are tight (once again, just cut them out!)
  • The quality of the socks is not the greatest (but they are inexpensive!)
  • They can be short on some people and don’t come up as high on the calf as you may want, but this all depends on your proportions

A-Swift

Image of the Compression Socks (1 pair) for Women & Men by A-Swift - Graduated Athletic Fit for Running, Nurses, Flight Travel, Skiing & Maternity Pregnancy - Boost Stamina & Recovery (Stars & Stripes, L/XL)

These compression socks are awesome because they come in so many different designs and they have 3 different sizes.

Pros:

  • These socks come in Small, Medium, and Large sizes so you can hopefully get a great fit!
  • There are 29 different colors, so you can find something that you love. There is something kind of sad about wearing compression socks. (Maybe it’s just me) But having cool colors and designs gives me a
  • The silver fabric gives moisture control, which decreases the fungus and bacteria growth
  • 20 to 30 mmHg of graduated compression
  • Anti-odor fabric (If you haven’t smelled compression socks after they have been worn, then you have a nice surprise coming!)
  • Anti-static fabric (which is great if you have to wear pants over them)

Cons:

  • The sizing can be difficult because it really goes by calf sizes, which means that the foot and ankle fit may be off
  • The socks are a bit thick, which can make you sweat more than other socks
  • The band around the knee can be tight, but that also helps to hold them up
  • They can be difficult to put on

Blitzu

Image of the Blitzu Compression Socks 20-30mmHg for Men & Women BEST Recovery Performance Stockings for Running, Medical, Athletic, Edema, Diabetic, Varicose Veins, Travel, Pregnancy, Relief Shin Splints S/M BLACK

These compression socks are the cheapest of the group, which is great for a budget minded mama to be. They do have some flaws, but that is mostly because of the cheap price.

Pros:

  • These are the cheapest socks of the group that I have recommended
  • 4 different colors to choose from
  • 20 to 30mmHg of graduated compression
  • These socks combine the stability of kinesiology taping and compression fabric

Cons:

  • There are only 2 sizes to choose from, either S/M or L/XL
  • The material will shred and fall apart over time, even if you hand wash them (Remember though that you will probably change sizes during your pregnancy and need new ones!)
  • The socks run small, which can make sizing pretty difficult
  • They are very hard to get on (which again, means they are compressing!)

Overall recommendation:


I chose the Physix socks as the best pick because they provide the support you need, as well as breathable and antibacterial fabric.

When you are buying compression socks, I would highly recommend that you buy one pair and try them before you buy several. Also, if you aren’t a typical size, then you may be better off going somewhere and being fitted for compression socks. For example, if you have a small foot and a very wide calf, or vice versa, these budget-friendly compression socks probably won’t be the best option for you.

You can talk to your doctor about possibly giving you a prescription for a pair. You can go get measured at a medical supply store and get a guaranteed perfect fit. Just be aware that you may spend a lot more money, and if you grow any during the pregnancy (I guess I should say when you grow, not if you grow), you may need a different size. I start out in one size and end in a larger one by the end of the pregnancy.

I hope this article at least helped you decide where to turn to buy compression socks for yourself. They really are beneficial and make a huge difference in the appearance and the feel of your legs and feet!

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Nicole Justus
I am a working mom with 2 kiddos and number 3 on the way. I believe that all parents are superheroes and that laughter makes life easier.

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