Many women in pregnancy (especially in later stages) suffer from varicose (enlarged) veins. As the uterus increases, blood flow from the veins in the foot to the belly slows down, which sometimes creates a pressure that causes the veins in the ankles and thighs to become swollen and painful. The disorder can affect veins around the vagina (see vulvar varicosities).
What to do?
Rest as much as you can with your legs lifted. If you work and, due to work, you spend too much time on your feet, ask your manager or boss to occasionally find you a replacement so you could rest.
Problems with varicose veins can be significantly alleviated by wearing rubber socks, thus preventing a larger vein swelling.
The socks can be prescribed by a doctor, but you can get them without a prescription. Put them on in the morning before getting out of bed, and wear them until you lie down.
The swelling is usually significantly reduced after childbirth.