Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

Varicose Veins occur when veins become congested. In the legs, the deep veins have valves that help the blood go back up the legs, working against gravity. In some people these valves tend to break, forcing more blood than normal to get back up the legs through the small veins on the surface. These small veins become big and twisted under the extra strain, and can be seen in the legs. The tendency to get varicose veins is largely a genetic one, but is increased in people who are overweight or pregnant, because the blood flow back to the heart is restricted by extra pressure.


Hemorrhoids are abnormally large or painful blood vessels in the anus, and are very common. They can be internal or external and may or may not be painful, itchy, or bleed.


Common causes include: 

  • Pregnancy (due to increased abdominal pressure and venous congestion)

  • Increased straining (due to defecation, vomiting, sneezing, heavy lifting),

  • Long periods of sitting or standing,

  • Constipation, and genetic vascular weakness.


Treatment Includes: 

  • Focus on a high-fibre diet, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed oil.

  • Drink plenty of water 8-12 glasses daily Take a probiotic to keep the bowel healthy and Slippery Elm to help make the bowel regular. Take Vitamin C 1-2 grams daily with bioflavonoids which strengthen the capillary walls.

  • Try squatting over the toilet instead of sitting on it, or have a box to put your feet on to while sitting on the toilet, this helps to open up the bowels and allows for less straining.

  • Quintessence Haemorrhoid Drops (contains horsechestnut specific for toning blood vessels)

  • Family C with Bioflavonoids

  • Traumeel Ointment

  • Lifestream Bowel Biotics for maintenance, healing and prevention.

  • Calendula and horsetail tea for healing and anti-inflammatory effects.


Ask our naturopaths which will be best for your varicose veins.