Maternity tights - mummy miracle or myth?

Published: 11th January 2011

Maternity tights - mummy miracle or myth?
Expectant mums may need leg wear that offers more substantial support than specialist high-street maternity under wear during pregnancy, and have been urged to seek medical advice if they suspect a serious physical ailment.

Maternity tights have gained a host of endorsements from celebrity mums-to-be of late, but may not offer the required level of support for more serious bone, joint or posture conditions during pregnancy.

Speaking to the Guardian, Hampstead Osteopathy director Ben Posen explained that maternity support belts are generally more suited for common ailments such as lower back ache than maternity tights.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Royal College of Midwives Dame Lorna Muirhead said: "If a woman has severe back problems or problems with her pelvis during pregnancy, it would be advisable to refer her for appropriate specialist advice."

However, for mums keen to keep any unexpected lumps and bumps under control during pregnancy, maternity tights could be just the thing and may help to guard against uncomfortable chaffing as mothers-to-be adjust their wardrobes.

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