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Varicose Veins in Pregnant Women

By Nabta Team

Varicose veins are enlarged, blue veins on the legs and thighs, are common in pregnant women. The growing uterus of a pregnant woman puts pressure on her blood vessels which result in varicose veins. While varicose veins in the legs and thighs are common, these enlarged veins could also occur in the vulva or vagina in one in five pregnant women, especially in the second or third trimester. Thankfully, however, these veins disappear in the first few weeks after childbirth. Some ways to deal with the varicose is to wear pregnancy underwear (they work in a similar manner as compression socks), elevating your legs and hips often, making sure not to sit or stand for a long time, sleeping on your side, and increasing your water intake.



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