In this Article
- Pregnancy facts*
- What is the first trimester (week 1-week 12)?
- What is the second trimester (week 13-week 28)?
- What is the third trimester (week 29-week 40)?
- How will my baby develop week by week?
- What are the changes that happen to a woman's body during her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy?
- Body aches
- Breast changes
- Fatigue, sleep problems
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Leg cramps
- Morning sickness
- Nasal problems
- Numb or tingling hands
- Stretch marks, skin changes
- Urinary frequency and leaking
- Varicose veins
- Stages of Pregnancy - Slideshow
- Pregnancy Myths and Facts FAQs
- Find a local Obstetrician-Gynecologist in your town
During pregnancy, you might have:
During pregnancy blood volume increases greatly. This can cause veins to enlarge. Plus, pressure on the large veins behind the uterus causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. For these reasons, varicose veins in the legs and anus (hemorrhoids) are more common in pregnancy.
Varicose veins look like swollen veins raised above the surface of the skin. They can be twisted or bulging and are dark purple or blue in color. They are found most often on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg.
What might help:
- Sit with your legs and feet raised.
Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
SOURCE: The National Women's Health Information Center, National Institutes; last update 9/7/2010 of Health; "Body Changes and Discomforts," and "Stages of Pregnancy."
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