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childbrith and vulva varicous veins

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myermay Wed 23-Mar-05 16:34:11

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frogs Wed 23-Mar-05 16:49:15

I had this with all 3 pregnancies. It's unpleasant, but unlike varicose veins in other places, they do go away after the birth. It wasn't a problem during labour but if it looks like you'll need an episiotomy, it's worth alerting the medical staff -- if they cut through one of the veins you will lose quite a bit of blood. This happened to me with dd1 -- it alarmed the staff a bit and made me feel rotten for a while after the birth, but I don't think it was medically dangerous. If you do lose a lot of blood, ask for iron tablets right away, which made a big difference.

In my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies I had tears (quite a big one with my 2nd, who was 10lb!) and there was no problem at all.

Tommy Wed 23-Mar-05 17:07:06

I had them in my 2nd pregnancy - very embarrassing and uncomfortable but they didn't affect the labour and birth which actually was very quick anyway. They went away straight afterwards - I did a lot of sitting on bags of frozen peas seem to remember then I bought myself a "femcare" or something like that which you put in the freezer and then put in your pants - slightly less abvious than the bag of peas.
You have my sympathy!

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