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
- 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.