Pregnancy Varicose Veins
Varicose veins during your first pregnancy are common, and they become more so if you become pregnant a second time (yippee). Why? Your changing body is creating extra blood that puts pressure on your blood vessels, especially in the veins of your legs. Your veins are already doing their best to push all of that extra blood up to your heart. Add the pressure your growing uterus places on your pelvic blood vessels and before long, varicose veins appear.Jump To Full Article Below
VARICOSE VEINS DURING PREGNANCY
Varicose veins are dilated veins that appear under the surface of your skin. We know, yuck. To figure out if pregnancy varicose veins might be appearing on your legs soon, check on how they are feeling. Pain can be non-existent or range from mild to severe. Your legs may feel heavy or you might even detect swelling. Either way, you may discover faint blue lines or a bulge in your upper thighs. Double yuck.
In some cases, the skin just above the veins may be dry, itchy or swollen. Or, you may be suffering from (deep breath, mama) superficial thrombophlebitis - a.k.a. inflammation of surface veins due to a blood clot. No matter what your symptoms, check in with your caregiver for added advice and assistance.
What causes varicose veins during pregnancy?
- Find support: Support pantyhose with graduated compression, such as the styles sold by Solidea, can help relieve pain associated with pregnancy varicose veins. Just slip them on once you get out of bed in the morning.
- Kick up your heels: Make sure to keep your legs and feet up whenever you can (this helps the blood drain from the veins). Brisk walks are healthy, too, and can help get the blood flowing to your heart.
- Keep moving: If you have to stand for long periods of time, try your best to shift your body weight from one leg to the other.
- Treat yourself right: Weight gain during pregnancy is healthy and expected, but try to maintain a balanced diet. By doing so, you’ll stray from putting added pressure on your legs.
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