Well, thanks everyone for replying - I had to laugh when you mentioned Michelle about starting a support group for women with varicose veins - I know exactly what you mean, how people who do not suffer from it have absolutely no idea on how much pain you are in, and what you can or can't do (easily). (ie, friend suggest spend the WHOLE day shopping etc etc).
Perhaps we can exchange our tips and suggestions on remedies etc that may (perhaps) help with the whole pain thing.
This is what I am doing at the moment for my veins;
1). When I get a chance at home I lie on the floor for 5 mins or so with my legs straight up the wall. Feels great. At every meal time my legs are up on another chair. When I am at the computer (like, right now) I have mastered the art of being able to type with my legs up on the desk. (a bit awkward).
2). I do wear the stockings, (30+ denier) even though I am still in pain with them - I find that if I do not have them on then I am flat out walking. (although it is very hot - no more summer pregnancies (if any) for me!!
3). I know what you are saying mum78 about getting up in the morning and veins popping out all over the place - I am a morning and night time showerer, but I have had to forego my morning shower (ugh) coz if I get up for even a couple of mins without stockings my legs are so much worse later in the day than if I didn't. I now leave my stockings along with a pair of rubber gloves by my bed the night before for me to put straight on in the morning before I even get up.
4). Rosehip tea is apparently good for circulation - I have been drinking that beyond a joke (trust me, the taste does grow on you) as well as keeping my fluids up (min 2 litres a day). Trying to eat LOTS of fruit to help in the hem department also. (i think it helps)
5). Witch Hazel Ointment (avail health food shops). Good for hems and good for veins - I find it relieves the pain a little, temporary. Rub in every night, or, if you aren't wearing stockings, rub onto real painful areas throughout the day, to give some relief.
6). I have recently read somewhere that a lady rubbed pure emu oil into her veins daily, and took emu oil & vit e capsules - she reckons she now has no varicose veins. I am a little reluctant to take the capsules whilst I am pregnant, but for the last day or so I have been rubbing emu oil on my legs at night before bed. Dare I say that maybe it does help? Too early for me to know for certain but they might be feeling a bit better afterwards.
7). We have elevated the end of our bed by sitting it on two phone books. Looks rather silly and hubby moaned a little about it but helps out with the legs.
8). I have also fairly recently started to do pregnancy pilates (avail on Video) and I think that I do feel good when I get a chance to do that, as you do a fair bit of stretching etc.
9). I have also about once a month been seeing an osteopath, he is doing a lot of work in my lower back region, helping to release things to help the blood flow back up. I find this helps to. It is interesting, he said to me that sitting is the worst thing for it - the best thing is to lie down as often as you can, than next best is to keep moving (walking), standing in the one spot (like ironing) is not good, you are best to do little amounts, walk around and do something else, and come back to it, and sitting is the absolute worst, so try and limit how long you sit for at a time.
I am going to look into a water birth, hoping that will help with the legs as well. Well, take care everybody and it is good to chat with others who know exactly how you are feeling. Sometimes I feel like a sook to, when someone suggests to do something and I say that I am in to much pain and just want to stay home.
Interested to hear any remedies you may have for the veins.
Linda (Jessica 3/4/03, Caleb 11/4/05)