Is Air Travel Safe When Pregnant?

A new study done by the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says air travel during a normal pregnancy without complications, even into the third trimester, isn’t risky for the mother or her baby.  The RCOG study says the main cause for concern is the possibility of early labor or an obstetric emergency developing during a flight.  “For uncomplicated pregnancies there is no reason to give advice against commercial air travel, and specifically there is no issue with travel in early pregnancy as the main consideration is risk of labor,”  said Professor Ian Greer, from the University of Liverpool and author of the paper. “However if the woman has a history of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy it would be sensible to suggest ultrasound prior to travel to confirm the location and viability of the pregnancy.”

The RCOG study recommends that if traveling internationally, travel insurance that covers pregnancy be purchased in advance.   As with all travelers, sitting in a seat for long periods of time does increase in risk of  thrombosis by up to 3 times.  Pregnant women flying four hours or more should wear graduated compression stockings.  Said Professor Greer, “While the risk of developing DVT in flight varies depending on the individual’s risk factors, it is a concern of most pregnant women and there is reasonable evidence to support the use of graduated elastic compression stockings to reduce this risk further.”

Women planning to fly in their third trimester should contact their airline prior to buying a ticket.  Some carries deny boarding to women in their last few weeks of a pregnancy.

The paper rules out any danger to the mother or child from airport body scanners, as the radiation levels used are so low. The Department of Transport and Health Protection Agency added that the total radiation dose from airport scanners is less than that received from two minutes flying at cruising altitude, or from one hour on the ground.

By: Pete@BrightLife Direct

Sigvaris Allure now available in Black

Can graduated compression hosiery look beautiful, make you feel elegant, and improve the health of your legs?

Sigvaris says it can, and they’re proving it with the Allure line of compression hosiery.  Allure is knit with a beautiful diamond-dot pattern, and with the addition of black, is now available in four fashion colors.

Sigvaris Allure bannerIn addition to looking beautiful, Allure is beautifully constructed.  The spandex is double-covered so it won’t irritate your skin.  This makes it much easier to put on and take off.

Sigvaris has used their Sensinnov silicone band on the thigh highs.  Rather than strips or dots of silicone, it’s one solid sheet.  The Sensinnov band stays in place better, won’t slip or roll and doesn’t cause thigh bulge.  It’s also much gentler on your skin.

You don’t have to sacrifice the health of your legs for fashion.  If you suffer from tired, aching legs, venous insufficiency, varicose veins, or swelling, but think compression hosiery is too unattractive, try Sigvaris Allure.

Pete@BrightLife Direct



New Juzo Dynamic Cotton Socks for Men

Men have a great new choice in knee high support socks.  The Juzo Dynamic Men’s Cotton Sock combines many of the features our customers have been asking for in a high-quality and durable stocking.

  • Larger Foot Portion:  The foot on the new Dynamic Cotton is longer and wider to accommodate bigger feet.
  • Two Lengths:  Problems with length are the #1 complaint with ready-to-wear compression stockings.  If the sock is too long it will wrinkle or rolls over, too short and they tug down. Juzo makes it easy to find a size that’s right for you.
  • Cotton with Durability:  Cotton fibers aren’t as strong as nylon, so many cotton blend support socks wear out faster than those made of nylon.  Juzo’s unique weave puts the cotton on the inside as a lining, so you have the soft, breathable fabric next to you skin and the durable Dynamic fabric on the outside.
  • Wider Ribbing: This gives the sock a more contemporary look, making it more versatile.  Dynamic cotton looks great with a suit or pair of jeans.

I’m a huge fan of Jobst Casual Socks for Men.  It’s obvious Juzo studied this sock when designing the Dynamic Cotton.  Since every brand has a slightly different fit and feel, it’s nice to have another wonderfully designed option.

Juzo Dynamic Cotton Socks are available in 3 compression levels: 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmHg.  And they come in 4 colors: Black, Brown, Khaki and Navy.

Pete@BrightLife Direct