Maybe you’re the kind of woman who has always taken great pains with her appearance before pregnancy, Whatever your style, you’d probably like to maintain your beauty standards during pregnancy and present the best face (and legs, and hair) to the world but you may be experiencing the less attractive side effects of pregnancy your hair’s gone haywire, or your skin’s a mess ,maybe someone is spinning big, blue spiderwebs on the back of your knees or stretch marks. Don’t fret, relax — it’s just some of the less charming, more mysterious side effects of pregnancy.
In today’s article we would talk about spider veins.
What are they?
The small red or bluish veins that appear mostly on the legs, though sometimes on the face or elsewhere, might appear in a sunburst or spiderweb pattern or as a series of short, unconnected lines. Spider veins can occur alone or with varicose veins.
What causes spider veins during pregnancy?
Not only are your hormones raging at their highest level in your life, but the increased volume of blood you’re carrying creates significant pressure on your blood vessels, causing even small veins to swell.
What you can do about spider veins during pregnancy?
Be sure to include high-fiber foods in your diet, since constipation (another all-too-common pregnancy symptom) can contribute to swollen veins. Straining during a bowel movement constricts the deep veins in your legs; the blood must then find another route through superficial veins, thus creating those lovely blue streaks. Good options for regularity include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains like bran.
Another tactic: Get plenty of vitamin C — the body uses it to manufacture collagen and elastin, two important connective tissues that help repair and maintain veins.
What solutions are off-limits?
There are several effective procedures for minimizing or eliminating spider veins, including laser treatments and sclerotherapy, a procedure in which the veins are injected with a special solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. But you can’t try either until after you deliver.
What preventive steps you can take?
Work out! Regular exercise improves leg strength, circulation, and the stability of your veins. Most effective are moves that work your legs, such as walking or running. And keep your weight gain gradual and moderate to avoid placing excess pressure on your legs.
More smart strategies for spider veins during pregnancy
Don’t cross your legs when sitting.
Elevate your legs when resting.
Try not to be on your feet for long stretches. If you do have to stand for a long period of time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you have to sit for a long time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every half hour or so.
Support stockings can help, but stay away from tight clothing or anything that constricts your waist, groin, or legs (no tight jeans — as if you could, anyway).
Spider veins usually improve within three or four months after giving birth, but until they do you should continue to wear support hose, exercise regularly (once your practitioner gives the green light), avoid prolonged standing or sitting, and put up your legs whenever possible.
Try these beauty tips to help you look your best during every trimester of your pregnancy.
1. Accentuate the positive. One of the best side effects of pregnancy is an accentuated — or for some women a newfound — voluptuousness. Dare to wear a slightly lower neckline than usual, or a blouse that clings. Take pride in your beautiful pregnant body.
2. Revolutionalize your hair. Try a new hairstyle to go with your new body. If you have long hair or weaves, you may opt to cut it short. It will be easier to care for and will draw attention to your eyes and face or braid your hair
3. Improve your posture. With all the changes in weight your body is going through, you may develop a bit of a slouch as your pregnancy progresses. Avoid the tendency to push your hips far forward and slouch your shoulders, or to stick your belly out and throw your shoulders back as you walk. These postures can cause back strain. Instead, keep your hips and shoulders in line as you walk, and keep your back straight by tucking a pillow behind you when you sit.
4. Nurture the radiance. Moisturize daily and gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to keep your skin glowing and smooth. Protect your skin now more than ever from the sun’s harmful rays by using a gentle sunscreen on your face and all exposed body parts whenever you’ll be out in the sun.