Tips for Expectant Mothers to Manage Vein Health
- Posted on: Jan 30 2018
Pregnancy is one of the factors related to the development of varicose veins and spider veins. Expectant mothers who are aware of this risk may feel concerned long before any evidence of venous insufficiency appears. Because research suggests that as many as one-quarter of adult women will develop this problem, and that starting point may be during pregnancy, there is reason to consider how veins can be best supported throughout this time.
Keep in mind that spider veins and varicose veins that start during pregnancy may resolve as the body returns to a state of balanced hormones and healthy weight. These tips are suggested as simple ways to increase the chances at either prevention or full recovery after delivery.
- Keep it moving. There are multiple benefits to walking every day for the nine-months of pregnancy. One reason that doctors recommend a healthy exercise routine that includes walking is that it is gentle for baby and good for Mom’s weight maintenance. Walking is also particularly good for the veins because it involves muscle movement in the lower legs. The gentle pressure of calf contractions helps to push blood upward out of the lower extremities. In addition to exercise, pregnant women should also just be mindful about moving frequently, even if that is just standing up and shaking the legs out a bit during a long day at the office.
- Prioritize comfort. There is already ample pressure building on pelvic structures as pregnancy progresses. The items of clothing a woman wears can add to this unnecessarily. Looser clothing isn’t just more comfortable, it’s better for vein health, too. Shoes matter, too! Many pregnant women avoid high heels, but care also needs to be taken to choose shoes that fit the feet well.
- Feed the body well. Of course, pregnant women know they are eating for two. An important aspect of the pregnancy diet is mitigating the natural risk of constipation. In case you didn’t know, constipation is a leading risk factor in hemorrhoids. Pregnant women should speak with their doctor about the right amount of fiber for optimal bowel function.
Vein treatments are available but need to be performed after delivery. Usually, women are advised to give their body time to resolve hormone shifts before addressing problems like varicose veins or spider veins. If you are in question about vein health or when you can obtain treatment, call our Columbia office at (803) 253-8667.
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