Visible veins near your stomach, breasts, and especially on your legs are a common symptom of pregnancy. They become more evident due to hormones making your blood vessels more flexible to better blood flow since circulation increases significantly during pregnancy. Because your skin will stretch at the rate at which your silhouette grows to accommodate the baby, your veins will be quite visible and could become varicose due to the arterial pressure. Genetics plays a significant role here, but the use of tight clothing and being overweight are also big contributing factors to the problem.
Varicose veins aren’t just an esthetic issue. During pregnancy, they can also bring about localized pain, cramps, swelling, itching, and a feeling of heavy legs. The biggest risk is the development of thrombosis and consequently interrupting the flow of blood to a specific part of the body. To prevent the threat of thrombosis, follow the steps outlined below:
- Elevate your legs as much as possible to help localized blood flow as legs tend to be the most affected part of the body. When you go to sleep, rest your legs on a firm pillow.
- Don’t sit in the same position for too long. Take a brief walk and stretch your legs whenever possible. If you require to be sitting down for most of the day, avoid crossing your legs.
- Keep a close eye on that scale. During pregnancy, weight gain can happen very quickly.
- Consider using compression socks, which help with localized circulation.
- Did you know that hemorrhoids are just varicose veins on your anus? You can prevent them by increasing your daily fiber and water intake.