VaricosityPregnancy causes changes to the blood volume and hormone levels. The increased flow of blood and the relaxation of the muscular walls of the blood vessels leads to a more difficult return of blood from the lower body. They can appear in the legs, vulva, or rectum (see hemorrhoids). The varicose veins that area a result of these changes can be painful, itching, and unsightly. However, heredity does play a part in this process. Here are some ideas to help.
Massage may help prevent, but avoid if varicosities develop. Avoid standing for long periods. Exercise regularly (Swimming, yoga and walking are great) Eat well, including plenty of fiber, Vitamins A, C, E and B complex. Eat raw garlic, onions and parsley to increase the elasticity of your veins. Never cross your legs. Avoid tight clothing. Support stockings may help if you raise your legs up before putting them on. Raise the foot of your bed 3–4 inches. Put your legs up whenever you can. Hammamelis 6X three time daily for up to a week for painful varicose veins (stop when you get symptom relief). Calcarea fluorica 6X is good for building up elasticity.
Skin ChangesSkin changes are bound during pregnancy. Some are pleasant, others are not. Most of these changes will go away shortly after the birth of your baby. Here are some ideas for the not so pleasant changes that pregnancy can bring.
Use a sunblock when in the sun. Never bleach your skin. Eat foods rich in PABA and folic acid
- Changing laundry detergents to a dye free, perfume free brand.
- Wear cotton clothes.
- Bach Rescue Remedy Cream.
- Lime Flower teas before bed can be soothing.
Acne may either get better or worsen during pregnancy, try to keep your face dry, and avoid oils.
Stretch MarksContrary to popular belief, stretch marks cannot be prevented. Your best defense is healthy skin, and good genetics behind you. These marks will fade and turn silvery after the birth.
Eat the proper diet to help your skin be healthy. Drink plenty of fluids (Skin that is well nourished stretches better). If you have itching, use a cream to moisturize the area, some people prefer a Vitamin E oil. Take Calc Fluor 6X, 3 times daily for a week starting in early pregnancy, continue alternate weeks for the rest.
- Stretchmark Oil.
- Dark glass 50 ml bottle.
- 50 ml of wheat germ oil, or mixture of wheat germ and almond oil.
- Essential oils of lavender and neroli.
- Fill the bottle with wheat germ oil, or the mixture of wheat germ and almond oils for a thinner solution. Add 15 drops of the essential oil of lavender and 10 drops of the essential oil of neroli. Massage daily after bathing.