Cold Weather Strategy For New Moms

Happy Friday, Michigan moms and visiting readers.  I have some information to pass on from a Dr. Luis Navarro that you may be interested in, especially if you are a new mom.

With a newborn at home and the flu epidemic on the rise, it’s important to consider the role that circulation plays in staying healthy during the cold winter months. Pregnancy and then being on your feet all day with your baby can contribute to painful varicose veins forming, due to a lack of circulation in the legs. The cold weather causes even more circulation issues because when temperatures drop, the body reduces blood flow to the extremities, as a way to keep the blood in the main arteries of the body. This may cause cold hands and feet, making flu season even more difficult for you and your newborn.

 Dr. Luis Navarro– Director of The Vein Treatment Center, (  offers easy and effective ways to optimize blood circulation tips that cater to new moms.  Before introducing these tips, let me share with you more about Dr. Navarro:

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Luis Navarro, M.D.

Dr. Luis Navarro, Director of The Vein Treatment Center in New York, NY, one of the most well-respected and established physicians in the country, has devoted his life’s work to the treatment of venous disorders (varicose and spider veins). Formally schooled at the University of Barcelona, he came to New York in 1969 where he began his surgical training at Mount Sinai Hospital. His interest in phlebology flourished and by the late 1970’s, while practicing as a general surgeon, he began to investigate and develop new approaches to treating varicose and spider veins. At the same time he became one of the first members of the American College of Phlebology, a society dedicated to the research and treatment of venous disorders.

In light of his new experience in venous disorders, Dr. Navarro founded the Vein Treatment Center in 1982, where he currently holds his practice.  He developed a novel approach to treating varicose veins called Combined TherapiesÔ that merges minimally invasive techniques to achieve the maximum cosmetic results.  In 1988, Bantam Books published his book,  “No More Varicose Veins”. With the medical field moving towards more minimally invasive procedures performed in the office, he began to investigate laser therapies for treating varicose veins. In 1999 he and his colleagues developed, and were awarded a United States Patent for the Endovenous Laser Ablation technique, which became FDA approved in 2002. Now used worldwide, Endovenous Laser Ablation is the preferred method of treatment over traditional Ligation and Stripping, due to its minimally invasive characteristics. The procedure is performed in-office, using only local anesthesia and requiring only a tiny nick in the skin. Patients are up on their feet immediately following surgery with no downtime and little to no scarring. 

Dr. Navarro, an innovator and a leader in the field of phlebology for 25 plus years, continues to utilize and advance his techniques at the Vein Treatment Center and has performed tens of thousands of medical procedures. Among the latest equipment and most advanced treatment methods he employs are sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, duplex sonogram-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment (Endolaser), and mini phlebectomy, all performed in-house under local anesthesia. Dr. Navarro’s facility, the Vein Treatment Center, remains one of first and only facilities exclusively devoted to the treatment of venous disorders.

Here are 10 tips for optimizing the circulatory system: 

§ GET REGULAR EXERCISE. Any type of exercise that strengthens the “second heart” – the muscles of the calf and foot – is beneficial. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
§ WEAR GRADUATED COMPRESSION STOCKING. Compression stockings act like an added layer of muscle, aiding the performance of the “second heart” and venous circulation.
§ MONITOR HORMONE INTAKE. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy constrict blood vessels and can weaken vein valves and vein walls.
§ AVOID PROLONGED PERIODS OF SITTING AND STANDING. Rotate your ankles and feet whenever possible, walk for at least 10 minutes every hour, and point and flex your toes to promote leg vein circulation.
§ ELEVATE YOUR FEET. Raise your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation.
§ EAT A HIGH FIBER & LOW SALT DIET. Salt retains water and constipation puts pressure on the venous system.

§MAINTAIN AN APPROPRIATE BODY WEIGHT FOR YOUR FRAME. Obesity can strain the circulatory system.
§WEAR LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING.  Tight garments can restrict the flow of blood to and from the legs.
§CONSIDER DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS.  Vitamins C and E act as antioxidants, which are good for circulation.  Flavonoids, butcher’s broom, and Horse Chestnut Seed Extract (HCE50) improve venous circulation and decrease symptoms of venous disease.

§AVOID CROSSING YOUR LEGS. Leg crossing constricts veins and increases venous pressure.

These are excellent tips.  Thank you to Dr. Luis Navarro for sharing this important information with us. If you are a new mom or know of a new mom, please feel free to share this information with them.

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Lindsey Jenn

One thought on “Cold Weather Strategy For New Moms

  1. I'm lucky that this is not a problem of mine but I'm also thankful that you have these tips to ensure that as I venture into my 30's … I have these tips to keep in mind. Thanks!

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