Pregnancy & Parenting >> Common Problems During Pregnancy >> Varicose veins


Varicose veins are veins, which have become swollen. The veins in the legs are most commonly affected. You can also get varicose veins in the vaginal opening. They generally occur later in pregnancy. They are due to increased pressure in the veins, combined with the action of pregnancy hormones in relaxing the walls of blood vessels and your increasing weight. The condition generally improves after delivery.


  • Try to avoid standing for too long.
  • If you do have to stand then shuffle your feet to keep the blood circulating.
  • Don't sit cross-legged-this can affect blood flow.
  • Try not to put on too much weight as this increases the pressure.
  • Sit with your legs up as often as possible to ease the discomfort.
  • Try supporting tights, which may also help support the muscles of your feet.
  • Try sleeping with your legs higher than the rest of your body-using pillows under your ankle or raising the level of the bed by placing bricks under the foot of your bed.
  • Do exercises like walking, cycling or swimming to regulate the circulation.
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