Aching or heavy legs - Advice from experts

Contibuting factors

Several factors can increase the risk of vascular insufficiency during pregnancy:
 

  • Heredity: if your mom has had circulatory issues, you run a higher risk of experiencing them yourself
  • Working in a standing position and shuffling. Prolonged sitting can also disrupt venous return.
  • A sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical exercise.
  • Excess body weight prior to pregnancy, or significant weight gain during pregnancy.
  • Previous pregnancies: the risk of venous insufficiency increases with the number of previous pregnancies carried to term: 23% for the first pregnancy and 31% for the fourth.

 

 

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