Varicose Veins

Spider veins during pregnancy

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Are your legs filled with abnormal looking blue and red lines? If yes, then, you probably have spider veins that are very common during pregnancy.

Spider veins are tiny blood vessels that seem to be branching out, visible right under the surface of your skin. This is not a permanent condition and should disappear shortly after you have delivered your baby.

Why Do Spider Veins Occur?

When you are pregnant, the volume of blood in your body also increases. While they are pumping a lot more blood than usual, your blood vessels are under tremendous pressure. This makes them swell up and appear to bulge under the surface of the skin. In some cases they may occur along with varicose veins but the two conditions are quite different from each other. The latter looks much larger and is caused by swollen veins.

Spider veins are also a genetic condition. So if you other women have had this condition in your family during their pregnancy, chances are that you may develop them too.

If you are worried about these lines appearing on your legs or sometimes even on your face, there are some things that you can do to get rid of them.

Finding Relief From Spider Veins


As unpleasant as they may look, the good news is that this condition can be treated in simple ways. Here are some things that you can do during your pregnancy to get rid of spider veins faster:

#1. Increase your fiber consumption

Another common issue during pregnancy is constipation. This can also lead to swollen veins as you have to strain during your bowel movement. This can constrict the veins in the legs, making them bulge. As a result, the extra volume of blood that your body is producing is forced to find another route and will be pushed through superficial veins that cause the blue lines on your legs. Fresh fruits and veggies along with whole grains can help reduce spider veins considerably.

#2. Make sure you consume enough Vitamin C

Vitamin C is extremely essential in producing collagen and elastin. These connective tissues are necessary to maintain your veins and to also repair them. Increasing vitamin C intake leads to healthier veins, which allows the blood to flow through the body easily.

#3. Have a good exercise routine

Get as much movement as you can when you are pregnant. Choose a workout routine that is suitable to you to improve the circulation of blood and the strength of your veins. Exercises like walking, where your legs are moving are most effective when it comes to spider veins.

#4. Use compression socks

You can ask your doctor to help you find special compression socks that help reduce the appearance of spider veins. But make sure that you do not use other tight garments such as skinny jeans or leggings that are tight around your waist, legs and groin as the blood flow can get affected.

#5. Do not stand for too long

Try to alternate between sitting and standing down as much as you can. If you do have to stand on your feet for a long period, keep shifting your weight. You can also walk around instead of standing in one place to help improve blood flow in your legs and prevent spider veins.

There are other options like laser surgery or injections that can make these spider veins collapse and disappear quickly. These are options that you must reserve for after your delivery in case the condition seems to persist. Wearing compression socks and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for some time even after delivery can really help with spider veins.


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