Pregnancy

This summer, no heavy legs


The heat and blood circulation do not mix very well ... and it's even more true during pregnancy! In your suitcase of holidays, between t-shirts and sun creams, slip the beauty tips of our specialist.

Heat and blood circulation do not mix well

  • The veins of the lower limbs have the difficult task of raising blood to the heart. Only here, subject to the gravitational pull of gravity, they have a hard time circulating this blood which has an unfortunate tendency to stagnate in your calves, your ankles and your feet. They are equipped with valves (sort of small check valves that prevent the blood from coming down), but sun and heat helping in summer, they become less effective. As a result, the blood goes up badly and the pressure in the veins becomes such that, at the bottom of the legs, the plasma passes through the vessels, infiltrates the tissues and creates edema.
  • This situation is not peculiar to pregnancy, but the famous estrogen and progesterone, which are at their head during this period, help to accentuate the problem. Not only do they dilate the walls of the veins, causing an even more difficult rise, but they also increase the blood volume. Overloaded and very dilated, the veins have more trouble doing their work.

In late pregnancy, place to venous problems

  • In late pregnancy, around the 6th or 7th month, the uterus has significantly increased in volume and compressed veins. Everything becomes even more difficult. In addition to the very uncomfortable feeling of heavy legs, you find yourself for all these reasons in a vulnerable situation facing venous problems. You notice on your legs fine red, blue or purplish traces. They are minivarices, or varicosities, which touch the small superficial veins; they will not turn into varicose veins (the latter, unsightly and posing more serious problems, are due to very large dilatation of the vessels).

Some distances with the sun

  • Without completely depriving you of the benefits of the sun, some precautions are necessary during pregnancy to treat your blood circulation. Expose gradually, for a few minutes only the first days. Apply of course a very protective sunscreen and run away from hot hours (between 12 pm and 16 pm).
  • You must at all costs avoid sunburn, responsible for the appearance of these ugly little red vessels that doctors call telangiectasia.

Walking: for a circulation in good working order

  • You have two allies to help you streamline your traffic. The calf muscles that contract when you walk and thus chase blood up your body. And your "venous sole", located under your feet, which has an important network of veins that you will also stimulate while walking. thus helped, the blood comes more easily to the heart.
  • Take advantage of your vacation to walk barefoot in the sand or sea water. Take half-hour walks at a good pace and equipped with shoes that dampen the vibrations and maintain the arch.

Put your legs on vacation

  • As soon as you stop walking, stretch your legs on a chair, if possible a little higher. Thus, the blood no longer has to slide, and the venous walls rest.
  • If you work, and your profession does not allow you this freedom, contract (and discreetly) your calves and get up as often as possible to take a few steps.

Essential wellness creams in summer

  • Heavy anti-leg creams based on decongestant and defatigating plant extracts are essential in summer. They will quickly remove this unpleasant feeling of heaviness.
  • Here are our instructions to make them even more effective: in the evening, after having showered your legs in cold water, by raising the shower head from the ankle to the thigh, massage the soles of your feet with the cream of your choice by light strokes. Then massage your calves, always gently, by adopting the following position: lying on the back, the feet resting on a wall or raised by a cushion. Start with the ankles and go back to the knees.

Monique Fort

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