Varicose Veins & Pregnancy

Varicose veins, those unsightly, bulging, vein inflammations that can show up on any of us at any time, are especially common in pregnant women.  Because of the added blood volume, the weight of an extra human, and the added strain on her muscles, the mom-to-be has an extra difficult hill to climb trying to keep away such blemishes.  Here are a few tips to help stave off the problem:

●     Exercise Regularly -- This is the no-brainer, the number one spot at the top of any health conscious listicle.  Exercising regularly helps your body be prepared for the trials and tribulations life is tossing at you.  Keep your leg strength up, your circulation excellent, and you will have an easier time keeping free of the curse of varicose veins.

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●     Mind Your Legs -- Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time or crossing your legs for long stretches of time.  These can constrict the blood vessels in your legs.  Stand up and walk around periodically.  Whenever possible, elevate your legs (here’s your excuse to shamelessly kick your feet up wherever you please).

●     Be Loose As a Goose -- Tight clothing, form fitting jeans and elastic banded underwear, anything constricting your body is constricting your blood flow.  Wear lighter, looser clothing, giving yourself the freedom to move comfortably--and giving your blood the ability to flow more freely.

●     Stay Fit -- Ok, so this seems to go hand-in-hand with the first item on this list, but it is extra important for pregnant women to be mindful of their weight gain, as maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight is a matter of both her health and that of the child.  Weight gain during pregnancy is a totally natural thing, but it still needs to have an eye on it.

These are just a few suggestions to help pregnant women avoid varicose veins.  If you do find that you have a venous situation arise, contact a doctor to determine what you should do about it.   

At the Vein & Vascular Center in Jackson, TN, we specialize in providing the most up-to-date, professional vascular care. Our office is located at 395 Hospital Blvd, Jackson , TN.  Call us at 731-664-7395, or find us on the web at www.vvcjackson.com where you can learn more about our team and services.