Women's Health
Pregnancy and Varicose Veins
 

​Introduction:

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins, often appearing blue or dark purple that usually occur on the legs and feet. Pregnancy causes pressure on the pelvic veins leading to blood stagnation in the lower extremities and then to varicose veins if there is a viability or family history.

Causes:
Sitting or standing for prolonged periods during pregnancy.

Symptoms: 
  • Aching, heavy and uncomfortable legs.
  • Swollen feet and ankles.
  • Feeling throbbing in your legs.
  • Muscle cramp in your legs, particularly at night.
  • Dry and itchy skin.
Prevention:
  • Avoiding standing or sitting still for long periods and trying to move around every 30 minutes.
  • Avoid padded knee ligaments or other bandages tied around the legs.
  • Avoid crossing your legs while seated.
  • Wear supportive or elastic stockings of varicose veins.
  • Elevate your feet and legs when possible.
  • When raising your feet while sitting on a seat, it is preferable to place a footrest under the entire leg not only the feet. 
  • Lie down with your feet high several times a day.
  • Walk for half an hour daily.
  • Exercise regularly to increase circulation.





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