Ways to relieve varicose veins during pregnancy

WAYS TO RELIEVE VARICOSE VEINS DURING PREGNANCY

PREGNANT FEMALE SMILING

The joys of having a baby can be hampered because of leg aches, calf pains, ankle swelling and other inconveniences that many expectant mothers face. There’s no secret in the fact that a woman’s body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy – and many of these changes aren’t always pleasant. Varicose veins during pregnancy is a common occurrence. We suggest these tips to all expecting mothers to make this time more comfortable and relaxing.

PREGNANCY YOGA

INDULGE IN MILD EXERCISE OR YOGA

Yoga is a very safe and effective exercise for pregnant women because, in addition to providing relief during pregnancy, it can help prepare your body for labour and delivery and improve blood circulation in your legs.

pregnant leg massageMASSAGE YOUR LEGS EVERY DAY TO RELIEVE PAIN DUE TO VARICOSE VEINS DURING PREGNANCY

Light pressure massage on your legs during pregnancy helps in improving your blood circulation and also decreases the chances of developing venous disorders.

AVOID WEARING VERY TIGHT OR ILL-FITTED CLOTHES AND SHOES

wear comfortable fitting clothes

Wearing tight-fitting clothes, whether you are pregnant or not, can slow blood circulation in your body. In early pregnancy, the woman’s blood vessels expand because of increased blood volume.

AVOID STANDING AND SITTING FOR PROLONGED PERIODS

Standing for long periods of time, or bending a lot during pregnancy could increase your chances of miscarriage, preterm birth, injury, leg pain, or swelling during pregnancy. In some cases, you can develop varicose veins.

KEEP YOUR BODY WELL HYDRATED

During pregnancy, you should drink 8 to 12 cups or 2-3 litres of water every day. Water has many benefits. It also helps in decreasing leg swelling and oedema.

PREGNANT LEG RAISESLIGHTLY ELEVATE YOUR LEGS TO REDUCE SWELLING IN YOUR FOOT AND ANKLES

Elevating your legs can alleviate leg swelling, increase blood circulation and decrease puffiness in your legs. Raising your legs six to 12 inches above your heart for 12-20 minutes is suggested for desirable results.

AVOID BATHING IN HOT WATER AND PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO SUN

Avoid bathing in very hot water and refrain from prolonged exposure to the sun, excessive heat will cause your veins to dilate and could induce swelling.

WEAR SIGVARIS MEDICAL COMPRESSION STOCKINGSsigvaris Samson male and female

Wear SIGVARIS medical compression stockings to promote good blood circulation in your legs and have healthy legs. These support socks are used to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy. You can continue wearing these socks even after pregnancy in your day to day life.

References:

  1. https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/varicose-veins
  2. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/veins.html

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