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so we have talked about stretch marks and the belly line... but not these evil little beasts yet!!!! these are my real dread.....<br><br>
so i know they are genetic, and some people get them and some won't.... but anyone see these devils on their legs yet??? any good ideas to keep them away????<br><br>
i have a feeling i will get a "drink lots of water" answer!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have one on my leg. I read that we should keep our legs elevated, not cross them and don't wear tight pants or socks.<br><br>
I hope they go away when I'm not pregnant anymore. Often they are temporary just due to increased blood flow.
 

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My mom had horrific varicose veins-- she even had to have surgery to get some removed many years later. So yeah, I'm sort of dreading this happening to me. I try especially to move my feet and legs a lot if I'm stuck standing for a period. No way am I doing support hose in the summer.
 

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My mom also has them pretty bad. And I got a couple with my last pg. They did not go away! I've had spider veins since puberty, which have gotten worse over the years. My thighs are just doomed. I try to be mindful of crossing my legs and I pay attention to my circulation. There's probably a supplement out there . . . .
 

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the reason i am worried is because my mom has them really bad too! i do have a few spider veins already (from a mountain biking accident) amd i think they are awful! i think i could deal with stretch marks over varicose veins.... but don't hold me to that!
 

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I've had them since my first pregnancy. They just seem to get worse with every pregnancy. My mother and grandmother both had them so I always assumed there was nothing I could do about it.
 

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Mine have gotten worse with each pregnancy. With this twin pregnancy, they are now horrific. My doctor had me get medical support hose to help keep them at bay. Also, keeping your legs elevated at regular intervals as well as getting some walking in will keep your circulation healthier. I started doing all the above things and mine have ceased progressing for the moment. However, I can no longer get the support hose on as I can barely reach my feet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> So, I am spending more time elevating my legs.
 

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I didn't get them with my last pregnancy, but I think I might be getting some this time. I see them mostly down on my feet though. Can you get them that low?
 

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yep. you can get them that low..<br><br>
i had mine before my first pregnancy from the 12 years I spent on my feet bartending/serving.....and it got worse with my pregnancy 3 years ago...<br><br>
this time round, it's brought a friend with it to branch of.<br><br>
nobody in my family had them....mom and gram have a few teeny tiny spider veins but nothing buldgy, warm, painful....<br><br>
i try to keep my leg elevated if i can (even elevated the end of my bed a bit per advice from a homeopath), not cross them, keep hydrated etc....<br><br>
anything to avoid those awful tighter than your own skin hose they suggest wearing.......not in a midwest summer thank you.....
 

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Hi ladies --<br>
Several of my past clients SWEAR by an herbal supplement by Nature's Sunshine called Vari-gone. I can't for the life of me remember what's in it, though, but I hear it's really effective!
 

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I have a few little spidery veins on my legs, but they don't hurt. The ones that hurt are on my wooha. Oy, those just throb!
 

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I had labial varicosities w/ dd's pregnancy. I took 60 mg of bilberry herb(fruit) in a capsule and it cleared up. It hurt! I went ahead and took it every other week just as a preventative. I swear by it. I also took it when I was going thru chemo. My veins got so bad! I could tell when I needed to take it more. It really does help and it's safe to use during pregnancy.
 
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