Along with morning sickness and weird cravings, the development of varicose veins and spider veins are side-effects of pregnancy. This is usually caused when the weight gained during pregnancy, which puts pressure on the blood vessels in the legs, restricts blood flow. Spider veins may also develop on the arms and legs when blood flow is increased, causing itching or discomfort as well as being highlighted by a red or blue color.
Here are some ways to try stopping spider veins from developing during pregnancy and how to fight them if they appear:
- Diet- Add high-fiber foods to your diet in order to combat constipation, which is a common side-effect of being pregnant that can cause swollen veins. Another way to stay regular is to include fruit, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet.
- Movement- Go for a brisk walk or perform regular stretches or exercises on your legs to improve strength, stability, and circulation. Don’t push your body too far, but try not to be on your feet or sitting down for long stretches of time.
- Rest- Take time to relax and never put too much pressure on your limbs. Lay down with your feet elevated to improve blood flow to your legs. While sitting down, do not cross your legs or ankles.
- Vitamin C- The body uses vitamin C to make collagen and elastin. These two forms of tissue help to maintain and repair veins.
- Clothing- Specialty support stockings can help. Try avoiding tight clothing, such as jeans, that constrict your waist, groin, and legs.
Spider veins usually improve within three or four months after giving birth. To help the recovery, continue to wear support stockings, exercise, and rest. Pregnancy can be a delicate process, so always consult with your doctor before attempting any of these methods.
After you have given birth, you may also consider having a vein treatment procedure done. Here at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, we provide sclerotherpay, a cosmetic procedure used to treat spider veins. In general, veins respond to treatment in three to six weeks, and large veins in three to four months. Contact us for a consultation of your condition and learn how we can help.
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