Spider Veins During Pregnancy
Why you get those (not-so-cute) little spider veins during pregnancy and how to deal with them.
What are spider veins during pregnancy?
Spider veins are little, visible red blood vessels with jagged lines branching out from them (so, yep, they look kind of like spiders right under your skin). They’re common on the legs and the face.
What are the signs of spider veins during pregnancy?
All of the above. Spider veins can be confused with varicose veins, which are swollen veins that usually appear larger than spider veins.
Are there any tests for spider veins during pregnancy?
Your doc will probably examine your spider veins to diagnose them. If she suspects a serious problem, you could undergo further testing.
How common are spider veins during pregnancy?
We couldn’t find any stats, but we hear lots of pregnant women get them.
How did I get spider veins?
You’ve got more blood circulating through your veins during pregnancy -- plus, your hormones have changed -- causing a backup of blood in your veins.
How will my spider veins affect my baby?
They shouldn’t (yay!). But they might be painful or uncomfortable for you.
What’s the best way to treat spider veins during pregnancy?
You might try wearing compression hose, which can encourage circulation in your legs. Some moms-to-be find that getting plenty of vitamin C and resisting the urge to cross your legs can help get rid of spider veins. Luckily, the spider veins will probably go away postpregnancy.