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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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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

Plus more from The Bump:

Why am I getting leg cramps?

I’m Having Trouble Sleeping

Ways to Avoid Swollen Feet and Ankles

-- Paula Kashtan and Sarah Yang

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