This summer, not heavy legs
Heat and blood circulation do not mix very well … and this is even truer during pregnancy! In your holiday suitcase, between tee-shirts and sun creams, slip the beauty tips of our specialist.
Heat and blood circulation do not mix
- The veins of the lower limbs have the difficult task of bringing the blood back to the heart. Only, subject to the universal attraction of gravity, they have great difficulty in circulating this blood, which has an unpleasant tendency to stagnate in your calves, ankles, and feet. However, they are equipped with valves (a kind of small non-return valves that prevent the blood from coming down), but sun and heat are helping in summer, they become less efficient. As a result, the blood goes up badly, and the pressure in the veins becomes so significant 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 estrogens and progesterone, which make only their head during this period, contribute to accentuate the problem. Not only do they dilate the wall of the veins, which causes an even more severe rise, but they also increase the blood volume. Overloaded and very dilated, veins have a harder time doing their job.
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End of pregnancy, venous problems
At the end of pregnancy, about the 6th or 7th month, the uterus has increased in volume and compressed the veins. Everything becomes even more challenging. Besides the very unpleasant sensation of heavy legs, for all these reasons you find yourself in a vulnerable situation in the face of venous problems. You notice thin red, blue or purplish traces on your legs. They are minivarices, or varicosities, which touch the very superficial veins; They will not be transformed into varicose veins (the latter, unsightly and posing more severe problems, are due to a very significant dilation of the vessels).
Some distances with the sun
- Without completely depriving yourself of the benefits of the sun, some precautions are necessary during the pregnancy to spare your blood circulation. Expose yourself gradually, for a few minutes only the first few days. Apply of course a very protective sunscreen and escape the hot hours (between 12 pm and 4 pm).
- You must at all costs avoid the sunburn, responsible for the appearance of those ugly little red ships that doctors call telangiectasias.
Walking: for smooth running
- You have two allies to help you streamline your traffic. The calf muscles contract when you walk and thus chase the blood to the top of the body. Moreover, your “venous vein,” located under your feet, which has an important network of veins that you will also stimulate while walking. So helped, the blood arrives more easily to the heart.
- So take advantage of your holidays to walk barefoot in the sand or sea water. Take a half-hour walk with shoes that dampen the vibrations and maintain the arch of the foot.
Put your legs on vacation
- As soon as you stop walking, lay your legs on a chair, if possible a little high. Thus, the blood no longer has to slide, and the venous walls rest.
- If you work, and your profession does not allow you to grant yourself this freedom, contract regularly (and discreetly) your calves and get up as often as possible to take a few steps.
The essential wellness creams in summer
- The heavy anti-jam creams based on extracts of decongestant and disfiguring plants are necessary for the summer. They will quickly remove this unpleasant feeling of heaviness.
- Here are our instructions to make them even more useful: in the evening, after having showered your legs with cold water, raising the shower head from the ankle to the thigh, massage the soles of your feet with the cream Of your choice by light effleurages. Then massage your calves, always gently, taking the following position: lying on your back, your feet resting on a wall or raised by a cushion. Start with the ankles and go back to the knees.
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