Growing up, I heard my grandmother, aunts (on both sides of my family), and own mother lamenting their varicose veins. They were unsightly–and they were painful. Surely I’d never get them, right? Wrong. And when I did, I was determined to find some natural relief for my varicose veins!
Really, I cannot complain too much. Although I did start getting some very small spider veins on my legs in my late teens and early 20s, I did not have any problems with varicose veins until my second pregnancy in 2010–when I was nearly 30. I had two things working against me: genetics and pregnancy!
Unlike during my second pregnancy, when the veins (well, it was really just one) started bulging towards the middle to end of my second trimester, this time around they seemed to pop right out almost as soon as I discovered I was pregnant! I knew I couldn’t make it my entire pregnancy with achy legs–especially while chasing around a toddler and a preschooler!
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There are three main natural relief methods I’ve used for my varicose veins this pregnancy (these can also apply to women with varicose veins in general! I know I have them for life now, so I will be incorporating these even after baby arrives!):
Compression Hose: I know–they are not attractive. There is just no way around that. But, let me tell you, I can definitely tell a difference when I am wearing them! Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you may not have to wear full toe-to-tummy compression hose. My varicose veins are only on my right leg, so I wear a toe-less thigh high on my right leg. This keeps me cooler in the summer, and the toe-less feature allows me to wear open-toed shoes, sandals and flip flops. Compression hose can be pricey, but my insurance actually paid for them. It is important to have your doctor or midwife examine your veins and prescribe the correct compression level for your situation.
Elevating my legs: If at all possible, I try to keep my legs elevated. I also try to move my legs around in different positions if I am going to be sitting for a long time.
Trilight Health’s Circulatone Formula: I was really excited when I found out that Trilight offers this circulation-support formula, and it was the first formula I ordered and started taking. (I have also been using their NRG-energy-boosting formula and TriIron throughout my pregnancy.) I have noticed a significant difference when I have neglected to take my circulatone. If I go a day without taking it, my legs will ache. If I am vigilant about taking it, my legs feel fine–even when I get lazy and don’t wear my compression hose!
All three of these relief methods are natural and easy to implement. Elevating your legs is something anyone can do (and is free!). I purchased my hose at a local women’s health store, but they can be found at a plethora of online retailers (and I would just have your doctor/midwife recommend one), and Trilight Health’s circulatone contains only natural herbs (bilberry, rosehips, cleavers herb and ginkgo) in a base of kosher vegetable glycerine and reverse osmosis water. I will probably keep taking it after my baby arrives since circulation/vein problems run so rampant in my family.
You can get circulatone on the Trilight website. The company offers free shipping for all orders over $25! (I recently discovered they are also offering their lympha rub for FREE just for signing up for their newsletter!)
Do you have any varicose veins? What are some natural relief methods for varicose veins that you can recommend?
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