Varicose veins are another example of the changes many pregnant mothers-to-be experience. Some of the common signs and symptoms of varicose veins are:
o Aching pain
o Easily tired legs
o Leg heaviness
o Swelling in the legs
o Darkening of the skin (in severe cases)
o Numbness in the legs
o Itching or irritated rash in the legs
However, you will be pleased to read that there are many ways to help prevent the onset of varicose veins:
o You will need to rest repeatedly. Your growing uterus is putting additional pressure on those veins in your lower body. The blood flow can then become strained causing larger swollen veins in your legs as well as the vulva and rectum areas. Increasing hormones also relax the walls of your veins as well as the ligaments and joints in your body. Therefore the more you rest, the less pressure you apply to your veins. And all this rest will help many other conditions experienced in pregnancy as well.
o The different ways you sleep can also help. The largest vein in your body is the vena cava and it is on the right side of your body. If you sleep on your left side, you will decrease the pressure on the vein which carries the largest amount of blood through your body.
o Keep your feet elevated as much as you can. Sit with your feet propped up on a table or chair and when you sleep, slip a pillow under your feet. This all helps to increase the blood flow.
o Maternity support hose can be very beneficial. Make sure you put them on before you stand up after you get out of bed in the morning. This will prevent blood from gathering in your lower legs. Unfortunately, maternity hose can be very uncomfortable especially in hot weather but then varicose veins can be even more uncomfortable.
o You need to exercise frequently to increase the blood flow and improve circulation. A short brisk walk for 15 minutes can help keep your cardiovascular system functioning properly. Try to sit without crossing your legs to prevent the restriction of blood flow to your legs. Try not to stand for long periods without taking a break to sit with your feet uploaded or to move around.
o Kegel exercises done regularly can help to prevent the occurrence of hemorrhoids which are varicose veins of the rectum. Kegel exercises are where you tighten the vaginal muscle and hold for 20 seconds. It is best to do these exercises in groups of 5, 4 times per day.
o Do your best to keep within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy.
o East a low-salt diet which is rich in high-fiber foods. Eating fiber reduces the likelihood of constipation which can contribute to varicose veins. Such foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, like bran. Eating too much salt can cause the retention of water and swelling.[ad_2]
Source by Jen Carter