Your veins are working overtime right now thanks to your expanding uterus, increased blood volume, and crazy hormones. And, in the spots that are under the majority of the pressure, including your legs, vulva, and rectum (sorry) blood can accumulate. The result: swollen, or varicose, veins. So, that’s the bad news, but on the bright side, aside from some throbbing here and there, they’re pretty harmless and will probably disappear after delivery. To keep them under control (or prevent them in the first place), do things to improve your circulation. Prop your legs up as often as you can, exercise, avoid tight shoes, and try sleeping on your left side so your uterus doesn’t press on the vena cava, a major vein on your right side (tuck a small pillow between your legs to take the pressure off your lower back though).
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