TRICARE Coverage for Maternity Compression Stockings
Ease Painful Swelling During Pregnancy
A majority of women will experience some form of swelling during pregnancy or after giving birth. Thankfully, you can feel more comfortable (and reduce the risk of varicose veins and blood clots) with maternity compression stockings. Because busy moms - especially those on active duty - don’t have the luxury of sitting down and propping up their feet!
With most TRICARE insurance plans, military moms can receive 2 pairs of maternity compression stockings (at no cost under some TRICARE plans). We’ll check your coverage when you apply for a breast pump - or you can fill out the maternity compression qualification form using the button below.
Benefits of wearing maternity compression stockings during pregnancy and after delivery:
- Reduces swelling and discomfort in your feet, ankles and legs - especially after being on your feet for an extended period of time.
- Promotes blood circulation back to your heart to ease pain and reduce the risk of developing blood clots/deep vein thrombosis.
- Decreases the risk of spider and varicose veins (it’s estimated that 30 to 40% of first time expectant moms develop varicose veins and that number increases with subsequent pregnancies).
- Graduated compression design maximizes comfort - delivers greater pressure in the feet and ankles and progressively decreases toward the top of the stockings.
- Made in the USA.
- Fitted design keeps the stocking from falling down or bunching up in your shoe.
- Made from yarns that stretch and wick moisture - so they’re easy to put on and keep feet dry.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maternity Compression Stockings
Why do I have swollen feet during pregnancy? Not to mention swollen ankles and legs?
As you are no doubt experiencing first hand, a woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy. One such change is an increase in blood volume and fluid. This fluid can remain in the interstitial spaces of the tissues, which can cause swelling in the legs, ankles and feet.
Maternity compression stockings work, in part, by applying light pressure to the exterior portion of the legs, which helps prevent fluid from accumulating.
If you are looking for more information about pregnancy and swelling or you are concerned about the swelling you are experiencing during pregnancy, you should consult your doctor.
What is the level of compression in your maternity compression stockings?
Compression stockings offer varying levels of compression, which is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher the number, the more compression you get. 1 Natural Way offers medical-grade compression stockings that are 20-30 mmHg that require a prescription from your doctor.
Is there a difference between compression stockings and compression socks?
Generally, no. Most people use the term interchangeably, including the manufacturers. Insurance companies tend to use the term “stockings” more frequently, so 1 Natural Way typically uses the term “stockings” since we provide them to moms through insurance.
When do I wear maternity compression stockings?
Compression stockings are typically put on in the morning (they are easier to get on before swelling begins) and taken off before going to bed.
Your physician should assess your specific needs and advise a schedule that is best for you.
Why is a prescription required to receive maternity compression stockings through insurance?
A prescription from your physican (or midwife) is required by your insurance company to support that these stockings are medically necessary.