I feel pretty normal this week except for the overnight appearance of a giant varicose vein on the inside of my left thigh. What tipped me off to this vein (because it’s high up and kind of on the inside towards the back of my thigh) is that it kept itching. The kind of itch that a mosquito bite causes. It feels sore and itches at the same time.
Well, I was putting on lotion after a shower one night as is my evening ritual and I kind of rubbed this little spot on the inside of my thigh because it itched and I noticed a sizeable bump. Of course, the first and most logical thing I did was look and I nearly gagged! I will post a picture so if you get queasy easily at the sight of veins, DO NOT scroll down!
I got a few spider veins that I really threw a fit about in my last pregnancy but I managed well with compression stockings, elevating my legs frequently, using a few essential oils topically and by taking a vein support supplement. Those were nothing! I’ll trade this for these! It just throbs in an achy, itchy sort of way that just drives me crazy.
About a month ago, I almost purchased the vein support that I used last time but then I was feeling cheap so I passed it up thinking that I wouldn’t be working 40 hours a week on my feet this pregnancy. I figured I at least had another few months before I had to worry about it. I should have known better and started then! The product I use is called CircuVein by a company called Flora (most natural, pregnant mamas know Flora best by the iron supplement Floradix). CircuVein is a combination of two bioflavonoids Diosmin and Hesperidin.
Diosmin and Hesperidin are clinically studied to improve the strength of the veins thus reducing the possibility of them bulging in a weak area and then causing a varicose vein or even superficial spider veins. The sourcing of these are from citrus rinds which are rich in bioflavonoids. To be clear, I am not a licensed healthcare practitioner and cannot legally tell you it is safe to take during pregnancy. Always double check with your provider before taking any supplement while pregnant or lactating. I feel this is safe for me because it comes from food I already eat and bioflavonoids are healthy antioxidants that strengthen our cells. There have been no adverse side effects shown to my knowledge.
Varicose veins are a tough condition to treat and they commonly occur in pregnancy due to increased blood volume. I was shocked at how early they appeared this pregnancy but with twins, I have a huge increase in blood volume and every symptom is amplified from that of a singleton pregnancy. I feel for mamas dealing with this and I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to message me through my website or reach out via Instagram if you have any questions about other things I am doing to support healthy veins during pregnancy!
Admittedly, the photo of my worst varicose vein actually doesn't look too horrid. I realized while writing this post that I didn't have a picture of it. It looks really good in this photo (photogenic little sucker!) because I was lying in bed writing this blog post. It's at it's worst after I've been up and standing a while.