Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
Ugh. Those swollen veins are so annoying. Find out what to do if you get varicose veins during pregnancy and how to prevent them.
What’s the best way to treat varicose veins during pregnancy?
To improve circulation, prop up your legs whenever possible, exercise, avoid tight clothes and shoes, get lots of vitamin C and try not to gain more weight than your doctor recommends. Compression hose can also help, as can sleeping on your left side (so your uterus doesn’t press on the vena cava, a major vein on your right side).
What can I do to prevent varicose veins?
To prevent varicose veins -- or at least keep them under control -- try to keep excess pressure from building up, especially in your legs.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have varicose veins?
“I have them on my right leg from my vulva to calf. It’s not pretty up there, and it hurts to be on my feet for too long. Plus, they don’t help with keeping my blood pressure low these days. They do go away pain-wise after delivery.”
"Now I have varicose and spider veins in both legs, but one leg is much worse than the other. I know it’s common in pregnancy, but I feel like they get worse by the day, if that’s even possible. They look so awful and hurt badly too.”
"I’ve had one varicose vein for years. I didn’t get any more when I was pregnant with DS, but in this pregnancy, I already have two. I’m not overweight at all, my blood pressure is consistently very low, and I do have a leg-crossing problem. Mine are pretty puffy and very short.”
Are there any other resources for varicose veins?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health
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