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Well, I was warned this would happen-today I noticed a few thin blue veins on my left outer thigh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> When I complained to hubby, he said, "Oh yea, I noticed those last night." Thankfully he said he thought it was exciting because it meant a baby was on its way. However, I'm not so excited about getting veiny. He said it will go away after I have the baby but I don't know how he would know this. I think maybe he's just trying to make me feel better.<br><br>
Any thoughts on how to prevent getting covered in blue lines? Does it go away after delivery?<br><br>
(11 weeks 3 days)
 

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From what I know, I think varicose veins are mostly dependent on genetics. Support hose aren't very sexy, but they can help. You need the actual, thigh high, from a specialty pharmacy type to do any good though, not just panty hose, and they are especially helpful if you have a job where you are on your feet. My mom had bad varicose veins, but I was okay last pregnancy, we shall see how I fare this time. I do have some small ones on my shin but I also had surgery there so the vessels are already a bit damaged. I should dig out my stockings.
 

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I got spider veins in my ankles last pregnancy but they did mostly go away afterwards. So far they are not back.
 

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I have very pale skin and I always say that during pregnancy I could pose for a poster of the cardiovascular system. I notice it on the my chest the most. It goes away for me after the baby is born.
 

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I got one on my leg, and it did not go away after my first pregnancy. They don't ALWAYS go away.
 

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I got a few with my other pregnancies but I'm also very light skinned so it shows up. What bugged me more was that my breasts got veiny - luckily those went away after breastfeeding ended but ew I didn't like that at all. I couldn't care less about my legs though cos I never wear shorts or short skirts.<br><br>
But this pregnancy I have been paranoid out of nowhere about deep vein thrombosis. I have no reason to really be concerned about it from history or otherwise, but it keeps cropping up in my mind. (Unfortunately if you have it it rules you out of homebirth... Gah!) How do you know when veins are just spider veins etc and when there's a mroe serious problem? A few weeks ago I was getting random bruises and one swollen area overnight, but I didn't see anyone about it and it all went away. But I was worried that I was coming down with blood clots or something. Scary. I don't know how that works.
 

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Thanks for the feedback ladies. The blue lines actually disappeared yesterday. I assume they will return eventually though. I'm not too worried about the flat blue lines because even if I'm feeling vain, I can use make-up to cover them. I REALLY hope I don't get the raised cord like varicose veins. I'm seeing my doc tomorrow and will ask her how to prevent them.<br>
Peace <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The two main (only?) ways to prevent them are to take breaks where you're off your feet/legs throughout the day and to wear the suppport hose.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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