From morning sickness and constant cravings to mood swings and sleep complications, the fun of pregnancy seems to be unending. As if there aren’t already enough worries plaguing expectant mothers, varicose veins often make their debut appearance during first-time pregnancies.
These enlarged and swollen veins, commonly found on legs, are caused by increased pressure and pooling blood in the legs and vulva due to an expanding uterus. Although varicose veins are generally considered to be a cosmetic issue, they can occasionally become painful and bleed. Luckily, there are a few safe and simple preventative measures you can take to avoid developing varicose veins.
1. Avoid Standing or Sitting for Extended Periods of Time
Try to adjust your position as often as you can. If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, go for a walk every hour. Conversely, if you’re on your feet most of the day, take frequent breaks to sit down. Maintaining movement in your legs will curb the appearance of these veins.
2. Alleviate Your Legs Whenever Possible
Periodically keeping your legs elevated above your heart will help improve circulation and alleviate pressure on your legs. If you catch yourself lying down on the couch, make a habit of propping your feet up on pillows
3. Wear compression stockings
These specialized stockings are designed to prevent the occurrence of venous disorders including varicose veins. They reduce the diameter of distended veins while increasing the velocity of blood flow and improving valve effectiveness. This form of compression therapy helps decrease venous pressure and alleviates overall pressure, aches, and pains in your legs.
If you’re pregnant and looking for more ways to prevent developing varicose veins, feel free to contact our professionals at Austin Vein Specialists at (512) 339-9100.