These are basically ‘’varicose veins of the vulva’’ – pretty unpleasant. They can be quite uncomfortable with pressure. The causes of haemorrhoids, vulval varicosities and varicose veins overlap, and need to be individually assessed. Keeping at a healthy weight is important, and certain things can improve the health of your blood vessels, and are especially effective at prevention. So if you have experienced any of these problems in a past pregnancy, make sure you get a preventative program in place as early as possible before your next bundle of joy arrives!