So long, Spider veins!
July 13, 2007
As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice your skin changing for the better (glowing skin! rosy cheeks!) and for the worse (spider veins and stretch marks). Spider veins are a common skin condition many women get during pregnancy. These small purple or blue lines usually have a “roadmap” appearance and are often seen on your legs or arms. Caused by the extra blood flow circulating through your body, spider veins often go away on their own a couple of month after delivery.
If you have spider veins, blame your pregnancy hormones and your heredity (thanks, Mom!). To help prevent them or to stop them from getting worse, avoid crossing your legs when you are sitting. Make sure you are getting plenty of Vitamin C which helps keep your veins healthy. Exercising regularly, elevating your legs and wearing compression stockings will also help more veins from cropping up.
If you already have these unwelcome guests, a concealer make-up can also be used to minimize their appearance. Capri leggings can be worn under your skirts and dresses and are a fashionable way to hide your spider veins. After you have your baby, sunless self-tanner can be used to conceal them and to give you an all-over glow (most physicians advise against using self-tanner while pregnant). If spider veins persist after delivery, you can talk to your doctor about injections to help rid them permanently.
Enjoy your pregnancy, enjoy your body and know that once your bundle of joy arrives you will have forgotten all about this little nuisance.