Many women develop varicose veins during pregnancy because of the pressure on the venous system with the baby growing. The amount of blood to feed mother and baby is also increased during pregnancy and the hormone progesterone levels rise, causing the walls of the blood vessels to relax.

For all these reasons, a woman is more likely to develop varicose veins during pregnancy, especially with a family history of venous insufficiency, being overweight and standing for long periods of time. The good news is that varicose veins tend to improve after birth.

To prevent or minimise varicose veins it is best exercising (exercise for weight loss) daily and keep the weight within the recommended guide lines, elevating the feet when ever possible and avoiding crossing the legs.

Mostly wearing compression stockings works best in improving the venous circulation, as they prevent swelling and varicose veins from worsening. They should be worn all day from getting out of bed in the morning until lying down at night.

During pregnancy, massage also improves the blood and lymphatic fluid circulation and so helping in the management of fatigue, varicose veins and legs swelling and it helps in the relief of back pain and the often associated sciatica pain due to the shift in the mother’s centre of gravity.


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