Proper care of your legs can help reduce the symptoms of problematic veins. It can also slow the development of new ones. Self-care is key to your comfort during pregnancy, and it’s part of your aftercare for any type of treatment. The more you do, the better your results are likely to be.
Prevention may include increasing exercise with walking or other activities which improve circulation, elevating the feet while sitting, maintaining bowel regularity by eating a high-fiber diet and avoiding excess weight. Also to be avoided are constrictive clothing and shoes with high heels.
Compression stockings, which are available at department and drug stores, may have inadequate support for your legs. Most effective stockings require your doctor to write a prescription.
TIPS FOR USING COMPRESSION STOCKINGS
To use stockings safely and effectively:
• Make sure to wear them correctly. Pull them to the designated height and no further. Don’t let them bunch up at the top, as this can restrict circulation.
• Replace them when they start to become loose, which is often after about 4 to 6 months.
• Don’t sleep in them unless directed to.
• Wear the length recommended by your doctor.
• If you don’t want to wear them all the time, use them as much as possible. For example, wear them when you’ll be standing or sitting for long periods.
• If you have trouble pulling them on, wear thin rubber gloves to help improve your grip and prevent tearing.