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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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.

-- The Bump Editors


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