One of pregnancies more nagging problems has little to do with the baby’s growth but more to do with the problems caused by its weight, that of varicose veins.

Here are a few points to remember which would to help keep this problem a little more under control, even if we are not able to eliminate it completely.

Varicose veins are those heavier looking lines that run just below the surface of the skin in your legs; they can be quite lumpy and protrude beneath the skin. Although the veins have always been there they have been unnoticeable because of the taughtness of the vein’s walls. When these walls become weak, the veins become stretched and less effective in moving the blood along as they should. This causes the veins to become more visible and creates a build-up of blood in certain areas.

During pregnancy, the change in hormones can cause muscles around your body to become weak and lazy. This affects even the muscles in the walls of your veins – which is why during pregnancy you are more prone to the problem. The situation can worsen if you restrict your blood flow by wearing tight clothing, standing still for long periods or sitting cross-legged.

You may be surprised to know that eating the right foods can be effective in relieving the symptoms. A healthy intake of high-fibre foods, plenty of fruit and vegetables and lots of fluid will keep constipation at bay. This will reduce blood pressure and assist the blood flow, putting less of a stress on the veins in your legs. Also foods that are high in vitamin C can help in the toning of your veins.

Although there are many treatments available for this condition, after childbirth the situation can lessen significantly, however it is not always wise to wait until then. If the problem is severe you must speak to your doctor about it. For immediate relief where the problem is less severe, creams that contain Vitamin K are particularly effective. These creams can strengthen the walls of the veins and get them to tighten up. You can also get special support tights that are available over the counter.

Larger veins, and those that are deeper in, may need more specific medical treatment, perhaps surgery or a course of injections. A common method is in using a series of injections containing sclerosant. This is injected directly into the problem veins causing them to close up, thereby becoming non-functional and invisible to the eye.

Whatever the case, if you are pregnant and you do notice varicose veins developing it is important to make sure that you speak to your doctor about it because varicose veins can lead to blood clots and painful skin conditions.

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