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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 can I do to prevent spider veins during pregnancy?

Try getting plenty of vitamin C and not crossing your legs. Exercising, elevating your legs while you’re sitting and switching from sitting to standing all often can help encourage circulation, which may help prevent spider veins during pregnancy.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have spider veins?

“I have spider veins on my right leg only and only from the knee to ankle. My OB said that they’ll go away after birth (and I want to believe him). He has me wrapping the leg in an Ace bandage to alleviate any pressure.”

“They just keep popping up on my thighs overnight! And they hurt! I’m a healthy weight and I exercise often, so that’s not it, but I do wear heels and sit on my crossed legs a lot.”

“I had a small amount after my third DD. They went away for me. My doctor said to add about 30 minutes of exercise daily and to wear maternity hose.”

Are there any other resources for spider veins during pregnancy?

American College of Phlebology

March of Dimes

Plus, more from The Bump:

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Things They Really Should Tell You About Before You Get Pregnant

-- The Bump Editors

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