OTHER COMMON ISSUES

Varicose Veins

People with a predisposition to dilated veins will have aggravation of this tendency in pregnancy.Varicose veins are veins that have become swollen. The veins in the legs are most commonly affected. You can also get varicose veins in the vulva (vaginal opening). They usually get better after the birth.

 

If you have varicose veins you should avoid standing for long periods of time or sitting with your legs crossed.Use of compression stockings and harness sometimes helps, but should be done with supervision. Always put your legs up and wear comfortable shoes.

Headaches

There is an increase in headaches in pregnancy related to increase in the hormones, fatigue, stress, hunger, sinus congestion, or allergies. The headaches can be frequent and annoying especially in the first trimester. Identifying the cause is important and needs prevention of trigger. A paracetamol in pregnancy is safe but repetitive headaches should be assessed for migraine and sometimes Pregnancy condition called preeclampsia  (pregnancy induced high blood pressure).This needs immediate assessment and intervention

Swollen ankles, feet and fingers

Ankles, feet and hands often swell a little in pregnancy because your body is holding more fluid than usual. It is always better when you wake up , however, as the day progresses , it gets worse and especially by night/evening is maximum,more if the weather is hot or if you have been standing a lot, the extra fluid tends to gather in the lowest parts of the body.It is not dangerous but it can be uncomfortable and your shoes can feel tight.

 

It is important to be cautious and seek help if the swelling is increasing exponentially or not getting improved with rest. This could be a sign of a serious pregnancy condition called preeclampsia  (pregnancy induced high blood pressure).This needs immediate assessment and management.