Pregnant women: look after your legs!

The Naked Midwives recently met the lovely Esther, mum to three and developer of Mary Marguerite maternity compression leggings. Please take 2 minutes to read her story as such a great concept. PROMO CODE: NAKEDPROMO to receive a third off retail price at

Esther Demery, mum to three boys, explains why she developed MaryMarguerite maternity compression leggings:

Did you know that about 40% of women experience varicose vein issues in pregnancy? If you’re pregnant, have you noticed swelling or general achiness in your legs by the end of the day? Did you know that your blood volume increases by 25 to 40% when you are pregnant? Or that increased hormone levels relax the muscular walls of your blood vessels? This increased blood flow puts pressure on your legs, and this is what causes circulatory problems for many women during pregnancy. Health professionals regularly prescribe the wearing ofcompression garments to help reduce the risk of blood pooling in the veins and to relieve any discomfort caused by poor circulation.

I, for one, never thought that I would get varicose veins. It was only whilst pregnant with my second son that I noticed spider-like veins appearing on my legs. I couldn’t believe it, as I had always considered myself to be fairly healthy, the right sort of weight and pretty active. I felt very self-conscious about my legs, but as the heaviness and discomfort grew worse, I had to overcome my embarrassment and show my midwife. I was then prescribed NHS compression stockings. Wearing compression was a great relief, but my flesh-coloured stockings made me feel so unattractive! Thankfully, my last two pregnancies were mainly during the winter so I could keep my legs out of view!

I felt that pregnant women deserved a better product. Why not design some maternity compression wear that could be worn without having to cover up? That’s when I thought about designing leggings that could do the same job as compression stockings. Black leggings are so versatile; they can be worn as a stand-alone garment or combined with other clothes, and with compression built into the legs, they would offer the relief that pregnant women need. That’s what MaryMarguerite leggings are all about: quality compression and versatility. Our leggings are tested to British Standard for compression garments and they are made of luxurious Italian fabric. The bump panel is made of silky soft stretch fabric which can be worn up or down depending on the stage of pregnancy.

They are compression leggings that can be worn without embarrassment, whatever the occasion, whatever the season; a garment that lifts pregnant women, helping them to feel both comfortable and stylish.

MaryMarguerite leggings are:

  • made from luxurious and strong Italian fabric
  • lovingly designed and manufactured in the UK
  • tested to British Standard for graduated compression (BS7563 non-prescriptive graduated support hosiery)
  • as medically reliable as any compression stockings your doctor would prescribe
  • a pregnancy investment to help you look after your legs
  • flexible for any stage of pregnancy (or beyond), because the bump panel can be worn up or down as required

Website: www.marymarguerite.come-mail:

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