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Baby Strains On Your Veins

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Baby Strains On Your Veins

  1. 1. www.usaveinclinics.com BABY STRAINS ON YOUR VEINS VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY • Marked by swelling, pain, itching, skin discoloration, night cramps, burning and heaviness in the legs, ankles or feet • Chronic edema (swelling) can cause blood capillaries to burst, leading to ulceration, inflammation and internal tissue damage VARICOSE VEINS • Large, swollen blood vessels mostly in the legs; can also occur anywhere on the lower half of the body • While they may look alarming, they are common • Lumps get larger as the pregnancy progresses, and recede after birth SPIDER VEINS • Small reddish or bluish veins appear mostly on the legs; can occur on other parts of body or on face • Look like a spider web, sunburst or as a series of short, disconnected lines • These veins disappear in 3 – 4 months after birth DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) • Characterized by a blood clot in a deep vein • Symptoms include a heavy, painful feeling in one leg, warmth in the calf or thigh, and mild to severe swelling • Can be life-threatening if left untreated While medical vein treatments are not performed during pregnancy, the following tips can help: How Can You Alleviate Vein Pain and Discomfort? Which Vein Diseases Affect Pregnant Women? What Causes Vein Problems During Pregnancy? • An increase in blood volume by up to 30 – 50 PERCENT • EXTRA PROGESTERONE, a hormone that dilates blood vessels • Pressure of the GROWING UTERUS on the pelvic area’s veins • Exercise safely and regularly • Maintain a healthy weight • Don’t sit for too long; move legs while sitting • Don’t cross your legs when sitting • Stand, walk and stretch after sitting for a time • If you must stand for long periods, shift your weight from leg to leg • Lie down and elevate your legs as often as possible • Wear comfortable, loose and non-binding clothing • Wear compression stockings (support hose) • Wear comfortably fitting shoes • Reduce salt intake and increase water intake • Consume lots of fiber and foods with vitamin C • Don’t strain when lifting or on the toilet • Sleep on your left side

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