5 of the best… pregnancy leg remedies
21:48 GMT, 22 September 2012
Tired and heavy legs are just one of the raft of unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy.
It is caused by carrying extra weight and the growth of the uterus, which increases pressure on the legs.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also lead to slackening of the blood vessels, resulting in varicose veins. Here are five remedies which may make you feel lighter on your feet.
Revitalising Leg & Foot Spray, Bloom & Blossom, 100ml, 14
spray with collagen-boosting aloe vera and tangerine leaf (above left), which also
improves skin tone.
It contains horse-chestnut seed, which has anti-inflammatory properties, and yellow sweet-clover extracts to boost
Lucky Legs Cooling Serum, Mama Mio, 100ml, 14.80
Moisturising serum (above right) contains safe essential plant oils, including cooling menthol and spearmint plus soothing lavender, camomile, aloe vera and yarrow. Apply from knees to toes.
Bilberry Complex Cream, The Organic Pharmacy, 60g, 15.95
horse chestnut and witch hazel act as astringents, to support capillary
and vein health.
The cream (right) contains ginger to improve circulation and
refresh puffy legs – massage into the feet and up to the knee.
Mama Bee Leg & Foot Cream, Burt’s
Bees, 100ml, 12.99
Contains peppermint oil and rosemary leaf extract
to sooth and counter aches and pains, and boost healthy circulation (below left).
Leg Lifts, Origins, 150ml, 21
This zingy gel (below right), containing invigorating and cooling menthol, cypress, peppermint and cedarwood, is designed to be massaged into the legs from the ankle to thigh.