During pregnancy, many women complain of aching, heavy legs. This is due to the altered hormonal balance during this time. This ensures that the blood vessels are more flexible than usual. In addition, the increase in blood flow by about 20 percent means that more blood flows through the vessels. Due to the dilation of the veins, the venous valves close worse and it can create a backwater. This is then responsible for the pain in the legs.
Varicose veins in pregnancy
The veins are also more heavily burdened by the increasing weight of the woman. This strain can lead not only to heavy legs, but also to varicose veins. These should be monitored regularly during pregnancy and also shown to the gynecologist. In case of doubt he can prescribe compression stockings to relieve the symptoms.
Heavy legs in pregnancy: what to do?
If you suffer from tired, heavy legs during pregnancy, you should often camp your legs up to relieve the vessels. Even at night, it is advisable to put your legs up. This can be done either by a height-adjustable bed, but also by pillows, blankets or towels.
During the day you should avoid long standing and sitting. If you still need a lot of standing and sitting, you should be careful to move your legs in between. When sitting, the legs should also not be crossed over each other so as not to disturb the blood flow.
Exercise also helps against heavy legs during pregnancy: For pregnant women, cycling, swimming, pregnancy gymnastics and walks are especially recommended. If you walk past a Kneipp pool on your walk, you may well go for a dip, as the cold water draws the vessels in your legs.
To prevent heavy legs and varicose veins, it is recommended to wear compression stockings during pregnancy. If severe varicose veins have already developed, the physician may prescribe heparin injections to reduce the risk of thrombosis.