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Is anyone else having a problem with them? I had some before this pregnancy, but now they are getting worse. They ache so bad! I though I was having some ligament pain in my right groin, but then I noticed in the mirror a golf ball sized varicose vein. Not only does it ache, but it is SO unattractive. I guess no more bathing suits for me ever again. Sigh. Its not like I can even buy TED hose/anti-embolism stockings that come up that high. I hope I don't get blood clots in them this time during delivery like I did last time.
 

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Oh yuck!! Poor thing.<br><br>
Well, you're moving around enough because you're a nurse, right? So that helps circulation. But also try some of that foolish kind of dancing around whenever you're going from point A to point B when no one is looking.<br><br>
Drink alfalfa in your RRL and nettles tea to increase circulation. Put your legs above your pelvis for 20 minutes as often as possible (2-3 times per day). If you can, do this with your butt against the wall and legs/feet up the wall.<br><br>
Use lots and lots and lots of visualization.<br><br>
Check out Aviva Jill Romm's pregnancy book for ideas on foods and what-not that will help.<br><br>
Can you do yoga? It would be helpful.
 

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Oh, Gooey, I feel for you! I am having the same problems. Including that really attractive one in the groin area. They are not huge, but they are there and they are unattractive! And uncomfortable! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have the name of a Dr. I will be seeing postpartum because I think that if I want to prevent future problems I'll probably have to have the veins stripped. I've noticed that farther down my legs (like downstream of the vein) the area that the vein should be draining is now getting spiders veins and clusters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Tell me more about the clotting you had with your DD. This is something I'm definitely worried about since the blood must be pooling in those ugly veins!
 

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I have varicose veins, but they don't bother me at all. They must look terribly nasty, b/c both my mom and my MIL have commented on them. My entire right hamstring is covered with them, I have one on my left calf, and one on my right butt cheek. I'm beginning to wonder if it's a problem, that they don't bother me???? MIL especailly just goes on and on about how bad they look...<br><br>
I have been exercising more this time (riding my bike on the trail), so maybe that's helping???? My dad's side of the family gets them, so I know some of it is hereditary. But mine always go away after delivery... So I don't know...
 

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Me too. I have one really bad vein on my right leg. My ankle is practically purple. Plus I now have a few bigger spider veins on that shin/calf. It aches on that leg if I don't wear my compression stocking. I have a thigh high that helps a lot but it's a drag since I've been wearing it for months in hot florida heat. Everyone asks what is wrong with my leg. I might see about having it fixed if it's still this bad afterwards but my MW said it should go down some at least.<br><br>
Her suggestions have been the stocking, ice packs, rubbing EPO on it, and nettles and alfalfa in tea.<br><br>
You are not alone.<br><br>
Tara
 

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I had a kidney bean sized clot in the one varicose vein, on the inside of my left knee. It was hot, hard, swollen, red, and it hurt! I did not seek treatment for it, and it took about 6 weeks to go away. Make sure you move around a lot in labor. I had my labor augmented with Pitocin, and it was way to painful for me to move at all, so I am sure that contributed to the clot.
 

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Wow. That sucks! I'm glad it resolved on it's own...it could have been bad. I will try to move around a lot this time and I also have a pool so I hope that will help. Good advice! Thanks for sharing your story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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