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By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:18PM

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a By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Oct 27, 2010 at 3:27PM

Your pregnant belly puts a lot of pressure against your veins. And while veins have valves that normally keep blood flowing one way, the weight of your belly may cause them to give out, allowing blood to pool in the veins.  The result? Unsightly purple, swollen veins -- which are most common on your legs but can occur anywhere below the belt, including the vulva. “I had very large, painful varicose veins in my private area,” says Kristie, a mom of three in Wisconsin. "I tried to stay off my feet as much as I could, and that helped with the pain." Taking Tylenol or another brand of acetominophen could relieve some pain, too, says Dr. Roman. The good news is that most varicose veins improve after delivery, so hang in there!

If the varicose veins are in your legs, wearing support stockings can “really help the legs feel better,” Dr. Kolp says. For best results, put them on first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed. (We know -- easier said than done!) And for any type of varicose vein, try to put your feet up whenever you’re sitting to relieve any pressure.
 

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