How can I prevent swollen veins (varicose veins)?
Blue swollen veins in the legs and around the vagina are called varicose veins. They are caused by the weight of the growing baby. They can become quite large and painful.
What to do to prevent it:
- Try not to stand up for too long. If you have to stand, walk in place or move your feet and legs. When you are sitting down, put your feet up as often as possible.
- Be sure to walk every day. If you have a disability and cannot walk, ask someone in your family to help move and exercise your legs.
- If the problem is severe, wrap your legs with cloths. Begin wrapping at the ankles and work up to just below the knee. The bandage should be tighter around the ankle and looser further up the leg. Take off the bandages at night.