Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Why Spider Veins Develop During Pregnancy

Many women suffer from all sorts of veins issues during their pregnancy, the most common symptoms are spider veins and varicose veins.
There are several reasons why these veins develop during the first and second trimesters. The body prepares itself for the added blood supply needed by the baby. So there is an increase in the blood volume of the pregnant body. In some cases the increase in blood volume was nearly thirty percent of the overall blood volume before the pregnancy.
The increase in the blood volume is also the reason why blue veins are an early pregnancy sign when they show over the breasts and the side of the abdominal. Those blue lines are not spider veins and will fade away once the baby is born and the pregnancy is over.
The second reason is that the pregnancy progesterone hormones in the body, relax some of the body tissue to allow the body to expand and grow. The main side effect is that veins walls get weaker too because of this. The weaken of the vein walls mean the veins fail to pulse the blood upward toward the heart, and blood will be pooling in the veins.
When these tiny veins get clogged with blood, they can be seen under the skin as blue or purple lines. Their name is given since the blue lines look like tiny spiders, with blue arms stretched to the sides.
These veins can be seen usually where the skin is thin and more pale like the feet, ankles, calf, behind the knees and over the face. Spider veins are not dangerous and are just a cosmetic problem with no medical side effects to the pregnancy.
The best way to treat spider veins is to use over the counter treatment creams. Those are applied over the affected area, and can help improve the vein's wall elastic abilities. Make sure to consult your doctor before using any treatment cream during your pregnancy.
The second way to hide them is to wear concealer makeup to cover the skin areas with the blue lines running through them. There are special body concealers which are not the traditional beauty concealers which should be used. Professional make up concealers have a higher pigment density and can cover larger skin areas easily. You can read at the links below how those concealers should be applied for best results hiding the spider veins.
The last way to hide affected skin is to wear high socks and stockings, or longer skirts.
Why Spider Veins Develop During Pregnancy
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