I've suffered from varicose veins in both legs during each of my pregnancies. The only relief I found was from elevating my legs and wearing 'support' hose. Now I hate pantyhose more than most anything, but for me it is more bearable to buy maternity hose and cut the feet off to make the capri length hose. I know these can be purchased finished in this way, but I didn't learn about them until I already had several pair of maternity hose, and the capri hose were pretty pricey at the time. If anyone else knows of another treatment, I'd love to hear about it, too!
While pregnant, I don't think that there's really any treatment for painful vericose & spider veins. My Dr told me to keep my legs elevated as often as possible, to wear support hose socks, and to try not to stand on my feet for too long.<br><br>
I hate getting up in the morning and then standing up and feeling the rush of blood and the instant painful swelling of my veins. Ouch.
Yes. I just remembered my midwives advising me to keep the stockings or socks next to the bed. Pulling them on before standing really lessens the initial swelling, but it's not much use if you're on your way to the shower.
I defineately notice a difference when I wear support stockings. They make my legs itch like mad (trading one discomfort for another), but really seem to help with the swelling. NEVER sitting with your legs crossed is important- impedes circulation, exacerbating things. I have a good friend who is a Physical therapist who practices lymphatic drainage, and she insists that it is as important as the stocking for keeping the extra fluid moving. ( It isn't just the blood in the veins- the lymph system helps deal with the extra load of pregnancy.) She showed my dh how to do a quick routine, in the evening, and I've been feeling better.<br>
Hope that helps some<br><br>
btw- my insurance covered a significant portion of the stockings, which can be VERY pricey. It is worth checking into.
Witch hazel is supposed to be good for shrinking swelling -- I haven't tried it yet, but I have a tub of cream on its way. And I'm thinking I might have to go with support hose this pregnancy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: At least it's better than nothing.
hey gals--i am the varicose vein queen. yay for me.<br><br>
the best thing for me (cause i HATE those itchy hose) are the firm support knee SOCKS. easier to put on, and at least partly cotton, so they are easy to wear every day.<br><br>
i am RELIGIOUS about putting em on every day. and if you have to shower, or get up, etc...just lay back down, put your legs up for about 30 seconds and the blood drains back down. THEN put your socks on. i can clearly see my veins "decrease" in about 15-30 seconds, then i put the socks on (legs in the air!)<br><br>
yes it looks funny but it works! these socks saved my life....no more pain, swelling, itchy, hot legs.<br><br>
you can get the socks at footsmart-dot-com. try 2 different sizes to see what works best. get the FIRMEST support available. some days i need the ultra tight ones, other days are looser, etc.<br><br>
There is an herbal supplement by Nature's Sunshine called Vari-gone which clients say they love -- it's good for varicose veins in legs and hemmoroids as well. Not sure what's in it . . . . I'll try to find out. HTH.
tofutti, do they just go up to your knee? I would love to find something more comfortable than hose, but I wear knee high nylons regularly, and I find that they make my veins above my knee worse. I have them the full length of my leg and in my vulva. Would these be different because the full sock is tight, not just a band at the top like with my knee high nylons?