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Your pregnancy: varicose veins

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014    

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Varicose veins occur often in pregnancy because of the increased blood flow, the decreased speed at which blood returns from the legs to the pelvis as well as increased hormone levels. This causes pressure on the veins to increase, not only in the legs where varicose veins are usually more common, but in the vulva as well.

The veins can be large and obvious, to barely noticeable, but signs can include feelings of swelling and soreness. This usually gets better after birth.

Women at risk can:

*Avoid standing for long periods

* Avoid sitting with the legs crossed

* Avoid gaining too much weight

*Sitting with the legs up as much as possible

* Doing foot exercises like walking and swimming to help blood circulation.

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