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Spider Veins During Pregnancy

Why you get those (not-so-cute) little spider veins during pregnancy and how to deal with them.

What are spider veins during pregnancy?

Spider veins are little, visible red blood vessels with jagged lines branching out from them (so, yep, they look kind of like spiders right under your skin). They’re common on the legs and the face.

What are the signs of spider veins during pregnancy?

All of the above. Spider veins can be confused with varicose veins, which are swollen veins that usually appear larger than spider veins.

Are there any tests for spider veins during pregnancy?

Your doc will probably examine your spider veins to diagnose them. If she suspects a serious problem, you could undergo further testing.

How common are spider veins during pregnancy?

We couldn’t find any stats, but we hear lots of pregnant women get them.

How did I get spider veins?

You’ve got more blood circulating through your veins during pregnancy — plus, your hormones have changed — causing a backup of blood in your veins.

How will my spider veins affect my baby?

They shouldn’t (yay!). But they might be painful or uncomfortable for you.

What’s the best way to treat spider veins during pregnancy?

You might try wearing compression hose, which can encourage circulation in your legs. Some moms-to-be find that getting plenty of vitamin C and resisting the urge to cross your legs can help get rid of spider veins. Luckily, the spider veins will probably go away postpregnancy.

What can I do to prevent spider veins during pregnancy?

Try getting plenty of vitamin C and not crossing your legs. Exercising, elevating your legs while you’re sitting and switching from sitting to standing all often can help encourage circulation, which may help prevent spider veins during pregnancy.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have spider veins?

“I have spider veins on my right leg only and only from the knee to ankle. My OB said that they’ll go away after birth (and I want to believe him). He has me wrapping the leg in an Ace bandage to alleviate any pressure.”

“They just keep popping up on my thighs overnight! And they hurt! I’m a healthy weight and I exercise often, so that’s not it, but I do wear heels and sit on my crossed legs a lot.”

“I had a small amount after my third DD. They went away for me. My doctor said to add about 30 minutes of exercise daily and to wear maternity hose.”

Are there any other resources for spider veins during pregnancy?

American College of Phlebology

March of Dimes

Plus, more from The Bump:

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Things They Really Should Tell You About Before You Get Pregnant

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