These are fine bluish, purplish or reddish lines that
manifest under the skin of legs, ankles and vulva.
They are caused by a weakness in the small veins that
carry blood to the heart. You are more prone to varicose
• You have gained lots of weight
• You have a family history
• This is your second or subsequent pregnancy
(varicose veins worsens with each pregnancy)
It tends to be a problem because the weight of the
growing uterus places pressure on the veins passing
through the pelvic region and legs. Progesterone which
causes the walls of the blood vessels to relax worsens
the situation for those who are predisposed to this
problem. However you can help yourself by
• Not standing for long periods
• Not sitting with crossed legs
• Elevating your legs whenever possible
• Avoiding underwear with tight elastic around
the legs or abdomen as this interferes with blood
• Exercising regularly
• Using support stockings which are tight around
This problem tends to go away after delivery when
the uterus shrinks back to normal, progesterone is
no longer in high levels and the weight has been shed.
Minor surgery or laser treatment to totally remove
them is an option.
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