Varicose veins during pregnancy are a common problem. The problem is easy to control with proper exercising and taking proper care of yourself. Resting between intervals is very important. The expanding uterus adds pressure on the veins of the lower body.
This causes strained blood circulation resulting in the veins of the legs, vulva and rectum becoming swollen, larger and painful. The increase in hormones during pregnancy is also the reason for relaxed walls of the veins, ligaments and various body joints. When you rest frequently you will be easing a lot of pressure off the veins.
This might sound like an old wife’s tale but sleeping on the left side has immense benefits especially when you are pregnant. Not only does it make breathing easier but also eases the pressure from vena cava.
Vena cava is the largest vein in the body and consequently holds the largest amount of blood and supplies it to the rest of the body.
This vein is situated on the right side of the body. When you lie on your left side there is a lot less pressure on the vein which reduces swelling to a considerable extent.
When lying down rest your feet on a pillow so that they are placed at a higher level than your heart. This greatly decreases the discomfort caused in the legs. You can try this anytime of the day your legs become sore. Simply sit with your legs at an elevated position and you will feel immense relief.
Try using maternity support hose. Wear them first thing in the morning and you will not face the problem of varicose veins. Put on the support hose while still in bed by elevating your legs on a pillow.
This will not let the blood rush to your legs when you get up from the bed in the morning. Exercising is very good during pregnancy as it helps keep many problems at bay. This is true for varicose veins as well.
Exercising will increase the blood flow and help in proper blood circulation throughout the body. Performing Kegel exercise will help prevent haemorrhoids that are the varicose veins of the rectum. Avoid sitting with your legs crossed as this will restrict the flow of blood and cause the blood to pool in your legs.