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Varicose veins during pregnancy

Posted By Gyno-Blog

January 29, 2020

Varicose veins are unusually swollen veins that may bulge near the surface of the skin.

👉🏻 These blue or purple veins sometimes look squiggly and are most likely to show up on your legs, though it’s possible to get them in your vulva or elsewhere.

👉🏻Many women first develop varicose veins – or find that they get worse – during pregnancy.

👉🏻You may have little or no discomfort from varicose veins.

👉🏻They may make your legs feel heavy and achy. The skin around a varicose vein may also itch, throb, or feel like it’s burning.

👉🏻 The symptoms tend to be worse at the end of the day, especially if you’ve been on your feet a lot.

How can you prevent varicose veins in pregnancy?

You may be able to prevent, or at least minimize, varicose veins while you’re pregnant if you:

▪Exercise daily. Even just a brisk walk around the block can improve your circulation.

▪Stay within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy.

▪Elevate your feet and legs to the level of your heart or higher whenever possible. Rest your legs on a tall stool or box when you’re sitting, and elevate your feet and legs with pillows when you’re lying down.

▪Don’t cross your legs or ankles when sitting.

▪Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time. Take frequent breaks to move around.

▪You may want to try wearing graduated compression socks or stockings, which are tight at the ankle and get looser as they go up your leg, making it easier for blood to flow back up toward your heart.

You may have heard advice that sleeping on your left side can help prevent varicose veins. Although providers sometimes recommend it anyway, there’s no proof to support the claim that sleeping this way prevents varicose veins.

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