Pregnancy Concerns

Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

Common during months:

 

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Why This Happens

Varicose veins occur when your already sluggish circulatory system is constricted due to the pressure of your growing uterus and the increased blood volume.

Some Women Have Tried...

  • Try exercises for your feet and legs that may help improve circulation.
  • Take frequent rest periods when you have to be on your feet for long amounts of time.
  • Don't wear clothing that is restrictive, or stay in positions that might cut off your circulation.
  • Sit in the cross-legged position whenever possible, and do pelvic rocking daily to promote good circulation.
  • Mix together clary sage, cypress and niaouli in equal parts into a carrier base. Apply this to the entire leg, then begin massaging from the foot upwards to the knee and from the knee to the thigh. Do not massage down the leg.
  • Add four dropds of geranioum oil to a bath, or mix with a tablespoon of carrier oil to massage the legs.
  • When massaging, do not put too much pressure on the leg or massage the veins themselves.
  • Maintain a healthy weight gain for your body before pregnancy.
  • Wear supportive stockings to help improve circulation.
  • Be sure you eat a high quality diet rich in whole grains, fuits and vegetables.
  • Consider Rutin supplements to shrink and tone blood vessels if you are past your first trimester.
  • Discuss the possible use of butcher's broom or bilberry with your herbalist.