Do You Have Varicose Veins During Pregnancy? Here’s What you Can Do


    Varicose veins or spider veins are common in pregnant women. These are caused by the pressure of increased blood volume in veins. Varicose veins commonly occur in the legs, but some women may develop these around their buttocks and vaginal area as well. Hormonal changes during pregnancy are also one of the causes of varicose veins and they may end after the delivery but sometimes it is not the case. Generally, varicose veins are not painful but the area might get itchy and swollen for some women. 

    You can ask your gynaecologist for treatment if it concerns you. They might suggest you a medicine to help circulate the blood in that part of the veins. You can get the prescribed medicines from Or you can wait out the pregnancy period as varicose veins diminish after the delivery. Till then you can try the following suggestions we have for you to help ease the discomfort that comes with varicose veins. 

    How to Treat Varicose Veins Naturally During Pregnancy

    • Avoid standing or sitting in the same position for long periods and make sure to take breaks to stretch your body and change your position. 
    • Avoid wearing high heels as it puts pressure on the calf muscles. Opt for lower heels or comfortable flat shoes to relieve your calf muscles and helping smooth blood flow. 
    • Exercise regularly but consult with your doctor first whether it is safe for you to exercise and which exercises you must do that are safe for you during pregnancy. 
    • Avoid wearing tight leggings or stockings as these cut the blood flow to the legs. Wear maternity hosiery that helps with the blood flow.
    • Avoid crossing your legs when you are sitting as it restricts the blood flow. 
    • Sleep in a position where you elevate your legs to increase circulation. You can put a cushion or a pillow under your legs while sleeping.
    • Sleep on your left side. 
    • Reduce sodium intake. 
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Eat fibre rich foods to avoid constipation.


    Some women use horse chestnut seed extract to treat varicose veins. This is very dangerous as consuming the raw bark, seed, flower or leaf of this plant is poisonous and may cause miscarriage or death. 

    Contact your doctor immediately if the veins become warm, swollen, tender, or if they bleed. If you have a rash on your leg or ankle tell your doctor and let them assess the condition.