Improve circulation, especially in the legs, during pregnancy, is essential if we wish to avoid the appearance of varicose veins and its complications.
Varicose veins in pregnancy
The veins, has the function of transporting blood that has used our bodies to feed and oxygenate back towards the heart, to oxygenate its way through the lungs.
In the case of the legs is the part of our body that should work on this task in against gravity, because the tour is up. During pregnancy, due to the pressure that makes the uterus about some veins, this movement is difficult, what can be brought as a consequence the formation of varicose veins, muscle aches, feeling of heaviness and cramps.
Tips to avoid the appearance of varicose veins
Following these simple recommendations, will be achieved notably improve blood circulation and prevent the appearance of varicose veins and symptoms during pregnancy.
- Avoid the use of rubber stockings and shoes with heels. Choose by rather flat or low-heeled shoes.
- Use specific cream to lighten and improves circulation and compression stockings.
- Take a shower in the circular area that includes from the ankles to the thighs, this will facilitate the return movement.
- If possible, replace showers or hot baths, warm or cold showers.
- Perform gentle massage will help to improve the circulation and tone up the muscles.
- Elevate the feet, either with a bank, cushion or lying on their side, to relieve pressure in the veins of the lower part body and lower the swelling. Sleeping, elevate the legs with pillow or placing a quilt under the mattress.
- Avoid standing or sitting for a long time and try not to cross your legs while sitting. If you must remain stopped, is suitable to walk short sections and if you stay in the job sitting a long time, each time you have to stand up and walk a bit.
- Keep away from heat, as it may worsen the circulation, the ideal is to try to stay in a temperate environment.
- Avoid using too tight clothing that might impede the free circulation in wrists, thighs, waist and ankles.
- Avoid excess weight during pregnancy, because that increases the risk of poor circulation and the appearance of varicose veins.
- Avoid constipation by carrying out a well balanced diet.
- Not smoking, because smoking damages the blood circulation and also inhibits the absorption of vitamins, which is essential for the baby to be nurtured in an appropriate manner to achieve a correct and healthy development.
- Not exposed to the sun directly.
- Perform exercises that decrease and prevent poor circulation during pregnancy.