Varicose veins are due to the relaxing effect of progesterone on the walls of the veins and the pressure of the enlarged uterus on the abdominal veins. Varicose veins can occur in the legs as well as in the vagina and can cause a lot of aches and pains. If you have a family history of varicose veins, then you might want to consider wearing support stockings when you need to be on your feet for an extended period of time. You should also take care to keep your feet elevated as much as possible, to keep blood flowing properly.
- Exercise in moderation.
- Rest with legs elevate up to 30 degrees throughout the day.
- Lie on the right side.
- Support stockings.
- Avoid excessive standing or sitting.
- Avoid crossing legs.
- Avoid wearing constrictive clothing.
- For varicose veins in the vulvar wear a firmly applied thick pad to help support.
- Monitor for signs of a blood clot