Varicose Veins and Leg Cramps during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, a woman may experience varicose veins, leg cramps and vaginal discharge. In this article, I will discuss each of these common conditions and also their treatments. In each leg there are two large veins near the surface under the skin. One is on the inside of the leg and it is known as the long saphenous vein. The vein on the outside of the lower leg is called the short saphenous vein, whenever you stand the blood is pressurized due to the gravity acting on it. Later in pregnancy, in about the third trimester, the pressure is increased significantly. You may begin to feel pain in your legs because the veins start to become distended. Your veins will not burst but they will become extremely uncomfortable, you may experience pain, a feeling of heaviness and tingling. The best remedy is to avoid standing for a long period of time is to rest the legs occasionally. You might consider wearing tights to help support your veins.
During pregnancy, the cervix begins to secrete more than it normally would, of course the discharge should not cause itching or have an odor that is offensive. If it is itchy then it is the result of a thrush infection which is easily treated by visiting your doctor who will provide you with imidazole pessaries. If you also experience odor then it is a bacterial infection that will probably be treated with a round of metonidazole tablets. Some infections are dangerous for your unborn child, for example, Chlamydia causes babies to be born with eye infections.
You may experience leg cramps, sometimes these cramps may be powerful enough to wake you from sleep. These cramps occur because you muscles harden, however a firm, vigorously applied massage tends to do the trick. Fatigue and tiredness are a given especially during the first month of pregnancy. You may experience nausea and vomiting and this helps to make you tired and in need of an extra nap. This is normal and usually clears up in the second trimester when most women return to feeling like their old selves. However this will again change once you enter the latter stages of pregnancy as the baby begins to move and kick. You may have difficulty sleeping at night and this increases your fatigue.
As you can see pregnancy comes with a lot of unpleasant symptoms. However, they are all usually forgotten once you hold your new bundle of joy in your arms.
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