Tips to Prevent Varicose Veins and Minimize Symptoms During Pregnancy
1. Avoid tight knee-highs or garters
2. Avoid excessive weight gain
3. Sit with your legs and feet raised when possible. If you work at a desk, you can prop your feet up on a footstool, box or several books. Or when relaxing at home, keep your feet up on a footstool, some pillows on the couch, or another chair. Try to avoid long periods of standing or sitting.
4. Avoid heavy lifting.
5. Avoid straining during bowel movements as this can lead to hypertension and hemorrhoids.
6. Try to exercise twenty to thirty minutes a day; this can be something like a brisk walk or a swim.
7. Vitamin C helps to keep veins healthy and elastic.
Some women get spidery purplish-red lines on their thighs called spider veins. These result from the hormone changes of pregnancy and should not be confused with varicose veins. They usually fade and disappear after delivery. If not, they can be treated easily by a dermatologist.