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Veins Appearing / Varicose Veins

What Causes Vein Issues?

Prominent veins (turn bluish) and varicose veins (bulging veins) can happen in pregnancy. Changes in pregnancy such as increased blood volume and the weight of the fetus and uterus pressing on the large pelvis veins changes the blood flow in the veins. They are harmless unless they start feeling hard, warm or painful then it is worth seeking your Doctors advice.

The changes usually appear from the 2nd trimester onwards and most usually appear in the legs, genital area and in the anal area (read more in the Haemorrhoids/Piles Section)

Ways To Avoid Making the Leg Veins Worse

Keep Moving

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Take frequent breaks and try to avoid sitting or standing for too long without changing position.

Keep Your Feet Up

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Keep your feet up as often as possible when sitting down which will help to reduce leg swelling and worsen veins.

Avoid Crossing Your Legs

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Avoid crossing your legs when lying or sitting as increases pressure down on the pelvic veins.

Lie on Left Side At Night

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Lying on the right side puts more pressure on the inferior vena cava blood vessel so try to lie more on your left side at night or alternate sides.

Wear Maternity Compression Pantyhose

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Stick to maternity specific ones which create gradual compression more at the ankle moving to less as they go up the leg.

Good makes are

  • Truform – ones shown in the pic

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