SPECIAL OFFER: - Limited Time Only!
(The ad below will not display on your printed page)

Say YES to your FREE SUBSCRIPTION today! Simply fill in the form below and click "Subscribe". You'll receive American Baby® magazine ABSOLUTELY FREE! (U.S. requests only)

Email:

First Name:

Last Name:

Address:

City:

State:

Zip:

Mother's Birth State: 
Is this your first child?
Yes
No
Due date or child's birthdate:
Your first FREE issue of American Baby® Magazine packed with great tips and expert advice will arrive within 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, your e-mail address is required to access your account and member benefits online, but rest assured that we will not share your e-mail address with anyone. Free subscription is subject to publisher's qualifications. Publisher bases number of issues served on birth and due dates provided. Click here to view our privacy policy.

Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Varicose Veins

Pregnancy Skin Problems: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

What you may be experiencing: One of the most dreaded side effects of pregnancy, varicose veins do not strike every woman. These bluish, reddish, or purplish lines or bulges under the skin tend to run in families. They can occur at any time in a person's life, but tend to crop up during pregnancy when the weight of the uterus puts greater pressure on the veins in your lower body. They most often pop up on the legs. When they occur in or around the rectum, they're called hemorrhoids. You may not feel varicose veins at all, or they may be sore or itchy. You may not like the way they look but, in most cases, they aren't a health problem, and they generally diminish a bit after delivery, though they probably won't disappear.

What helps: You can't prevent varicose veins, but there are certain steps you can take to ease soreness and stop them from getting worse. First, don't sit or stand for long periods without taking a break, and avoid sitting with your legs crossed. Second, put your feet up as often as possible. When sitting, prop them up on a desk, chair, or the arm of a sofa. In bed, elevate your feet and knees with a stack of pillows. Third, wear compression stockings to boost circulation to your legs. Fourth, get regular exercise, whether swimming, walking, or using an exercise bike. This will get your blood flowing and make you feel better.

Copyright © 2001 Parents.com

All content on this Web site, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.