Rid and Prevent Pregnancy Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins a Health Risk?
In pregnancy varicose veins are very common. Varicose veins are considered to be, by some people, just a cosmetic issue, while for others, this state can cause among other more serious issues severe pain and aching, and fatigue in the legs, especially when a person is walking. Usually it is the leg muscles that undertake all the pain, especially the calf muscles which cramp during the night. Also, Gastrocnemius complex can lose its muscle strength, and in the process, further decrease pumping of the veins and decrease blood circulation. In some cases which are more severe, the leg area of a person with varicose veins may become pigmented and hardened, and in some cases ulcerated. Normally, congestion and edema in the ankles are developed as a result of the dilated veins along with the abnormally high pressure within the capillaries, which leads to an increase in exudation of lymph.
What Triggers Varicose Veins
It is estimated that 50% of all middle-aged adults living in the Unites States have vericose. Being a woman increases your chances of developing varicose veins (Women in pregnancy have a high chances of developing Pregnancy Varicose Veins), and also if your job requires you to stand most of your time. This is a huge issue all over the world, and one of the main reasons why people develop varicose veins. Some other ways of developing varicose veins are heredity and structural weakness of individual’s vein walls; a sedentary lifestyle, and its resulting obesity. Another very important factor for developing varicose veins is a low-fiber diet. Undertaken by many, a low fiber diet’s negative effects are still greatly underestimated. This diet is leading towards the development of both non pregnancy and pregnancy varicose veins, but these are rarely present in parts of the world where high-fiber unrefined food remains a staple diet.
Constant standing or sitting causes continued constriction of upward blood flow, and tight garments are known to cause blood to pool in the leg area, which additionally aggravates the varicose veins and makes the leg area and the surrounding tissues vulnerable to additional conditions.
Treat and Prevent Pregnancy Varicose Veins
In pregnancy varicose veins appear commonly, but there are ways to prevent them. Some massage techniques, such as
lymph drainage and circulatory massage can increase general body circulation, and in the process, improve the tissue nutrition. These massages are very beneficial when it comes to taking care of varicose veins. Every circulatory technique should include short effleurage strokes to help move the blood from valve to valve in the veins, and to help increase flow throughout the entire vein. Lymphatic drainage strokes are a type of superficial strokes which effect lymphatic circulation in such a way that they move lymph from areas of pooling and congestion in the intercellular spaces into lymph vessels and in the end, into general circulation. These superficial strokes are typically very light, and are directed to the sub-dermal area and superficial fascia. This is done with a gentle palm pressure when massaging over varicose veins, but the following is contraindicated: digital pressure, cross-fiber friction, wringing and stripping, and percussion movements of any kind. Generally speaking, all massages which address venous insufficiency should proceed and aim for the heart. If you want to aid in venous return, lift the legs to an optimal angle of 45 degrees during the session (can also be treated in side-lying position with the uppermost leg receiving the massage).
What to do to prevent varicose veins:
Here are some general tips for preventing or minimizing the effect of varicose veins:
-Exercise on a daily basis. The key is to improve the circulation, and sometimes even a quick walk around the block can help the cause.
-Try and stay within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy. Additional weight will help varicose veins in developing.
-Every now and then, lift your feet and legs. Use a stool or a simple box to rest your legs on when you are sitting or lying down, and keep your legs lifted whenever you can.
-While sitting, it is not recommended to cross your legs or ankles.
-Try not to stand or sit for a long period of time, without taking a break to stretch and move around.
-Sleep on the left side. Put a pillow behind your back to keep yourself tilted to the left and lift your feet with a pillow. Inferior vena cava is on the right side, and lying on your left side will relieve the veins of the weight of the uterus, and thus decrease the pressure on the veins in your feet and legs.
-In some cases, wearing a special support hose can help. The best are graduated-compression stockings, which are twice as thick as normal pantyhose. These stockings can be found in all pharmacies and medical supply stores. They are extra tight at the ankle and loosen up as they go up the leg, which makes it easier for blood to flow back up to your heart. These stockings are also great in preventing swelling and will control your varicose veins, preventing them from getting worse.
-Put the stocking on before getting out of bed in the morning in order to prevent blood from pooling in your legs. Put them while you are still lying down, and keep them on during the rest of the day. Hot weather can be troublesome for your heavy-duty support hose, but varicose veins tend to be a much bigger problem.
-You can use different herbal remedies, such as apple cider vinegar, Cayenne Pepper, Olive oil, Garlic and Butcher’s Broom to decrease the discomfort created by varicose veins, and to reduce swelling. These are most efficient when rubbed in with thorough massaging action, and will yield noticeable results. Remember to always consult a doctor if you already have a high blood pressure.
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