Varicose veins are veins which have become swollen. The veins in the legs are most commonly affected. You can also get varicose veins in the vulva (vaginal opening). They usually get better after deliver. You should:
- Try to avoid standing for long periods of time.
- Try not to sit with your legs crossed.
- Try not to put on too much weight as this increases the pressure.
- Sit with your legs up as often as you can to ease the discomfort.
- Try support tights which may also help support the muscles of your legs. You can buy them at most pharmacies.
- Try sleeping with your legs higher than the rest of your body. Use pillows under your ankles or put bricks or books under the foot of your bed.
- Do foot exercises and other antenatal exercises which will all help your circulation, such as walking, cycling and swimming.