A couple more suggestions -
- In the book "Active Birth", they suggest doing 50-100 quick kegels 2x a day to help with varicosities (particularly hemorroids and vulvar).
- There are a few ideas on this site as well:http://www.ivillage.co.uk/pregnancya...172740,00.html
# For quick relief and to reduce swelling, apply an ice pack, or a pack of frozen peas. A discreet way to ease piles is to soak a few sanitary towels in water and freeze them. Use as necessary to relieve the pain.
# Cherries, blackberries, European blueberries (bilberries) and hawthorn-berries are all rich in flavonoids and chemicals called oligomeric procyanidines, which reduce vein fragility, increase the muscular tone of the veins and strengthen the venous walls. Foods such as raw garlic, onions and parsley will improve the elasticity of your veins. Include these foods liberally in you daily diet.
# Try homeopathic Hamamelis 6 three times daily for up to a week, or until symptoms improve. Calcarea fluorica 6 taken three times daily for up to a week may also improve tissue elasticity.
# A herbal ointment made from horse chestnut will reduce swelling. Or try one tablespoon of arnica tincture or lotion diluted in a litre of cold water – apply twice daily to the affected areas using a saturated washcloth.
# Alternatively, you can make your own ointment by blending several essential oils. Try mixing 10 drops each of essential oils of cypress and lavender (or geranium) and 5 drops each of rosemary (or juniper) and chamomile. A massage oil can then be made by adding 15 drops of this mix to an ounce of carrier oil, which should be rubbed gently into the legs, above the varicose area, several times a day. For haemorrhoids, mix 10 drops of the essential oil blend into one tablespoon of KY jelly, then apply.
# A cool sitz (a shallow bath in which only your bottom and hips are immersed) may help improve circulation. Add distilled witch hazel to reduce swelling. Another trick is to alternate a hot and cold shower spray several times over the affected area.
# Deficiencies in vitamins E (found in sunflower seeds, soya, broccoli, wheat germ and salmon) and C (found in citrus fruits, berries, kiwi fruits, peppers and watercress) have been linked with varicosities. You should have 400iu E and 1000mg C daily.
# Acupuncture and shiatsu massage will improve circulation, and so will regular exercise. Varicosities of the vulva will usually disappear after birth. Those in the anus or legs may or may not improve, depending on what action you take to prevent or relieve them during pregnancy.