Carrying a baby and the bodily changes that accompany it are indeed beautiful, but it can sometimes leave the pregnant woman with unpleasant feelings. Apart from aches, fatigue, and nausea, a woman is also likely to suffer from varicose veins and spider veins.
Notably, as a woman’s uterus enlarges, it also compresses the veins in the pelvic region. This is what causes varicose veins and further straining of already dilated veins. While these two conditions pose a minimal threat to a pregnant woman’s health, they can also cause embarrassments, frustrations or even pain.
Here are ways you can prevent or keep under control these two vein conditions, varicose veins and spider veins. Contact Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta today to learn more!
Taking several short workouts increases the circulation of blood throughout your body. Any form of exercise improves the flow and is also good for the heart. Women in their late stages can consider light exercises like yoga or swimming. However, remember to consult your OB/GYN before exercising during pregnancy.
2. Wear elastic support stockings
You can compress the stress and reduce inflammation by using fitted compression stockings. These socks encourage blood to flow from the ankles upwards to the pelvis. You can also combine these stockings while performing your exercises. Wear them just before leaving the bed in the morning and put them on for the rest of the day.
3. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
Try and avoid sitting in one position for over two hours. Our experts in Atlanta will always advise pregnant women to maintain blood circulation even though they still require plenty of rest.
4. Elevate your legs
If you are relaxing during the day, make sure your blood is moving throughout your body by elevating your feet above your head. Do this at least 20 minutes each time, several times a day. Flexing and pointing your feet in this position promotes circulation and prevents swelling in the legs.
5. Eat and drink healthy
A diet rich in sodium causes water retention which in turn causes swelling in the legs by creating increased blood pressure through increased blood volume. Eating foods low in salt and rich in fiber also limits bowel distress and can maintain a healthy weight.
6. Embrace comfort
Restrictive clothing such as tight belts, ill-fitting shoes, and elastic undergarments can all aggravate vein complications. Instead, choose loose clothing that will promote circulation and ensure comfort.
For any vein-related questions, contact us today at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta to schedule an appointment with our team! We will be happy to help you with any vein-related concerns you may have. Call us today!