Last updated on Jul 6, 2022
Varicose Veins During Pregnancy: Everything You Need To Know
So, you are pregnant or you are thinking about getting pregnant?
First of all – Congratulations!
As an endovascular specialist, I’ve had many women over the years ask me about varicose veins during their pregnancy and how to care for their veins or prevent varicose veins from developing.
Below, I have outlined the most common questions I have received from women regarding varicose veins during their pregnancy. You can also download our free resource The Ultimate Guide to Varicose Veins for further guidance on improving your vein health.
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What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be seen just under the skin. They can be blue, purple, or red and often look like cords. Varicose veins are most common in the legs, but they can also occur in other parts of the body.
What causes varicose veins during pregnancy?
Varicose veins are a common occurrence in pregnant women, and many are caused by the increased blood volume during pregnancy. Varicose veins are often the result of a problem in the valves of the veins, which can lead to pooling of blood in the veins, increased pressure, and damage to the walls of the veins. As a woman progresses through pregnancy, the pressure on the veins increases and the vein valves become more prone to damage, contributing to the development of varicose veins.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins in pregnancy?
Varicose veins can cause pain, swelling, and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. They can lead to skin discoloration and the development of veins that are visible just below the skin’s surface.
Do varicose veins go away after pregnancy?
There is no one definitive answer to this question. In some cases, varicose veins may disappear after pregnancy, while in others they may persist. Factors that may influence whether or not varicose veins disappear after pregnancy include the severity of valve damage, how long they have been present, and the individual’s genetic disposition. If varicose veins do not go away after pregnancy, there are a number of treatment options available.
Treatment for varicose veins during pregnancy
There is no specific treatment for varicose veins during pregnancy. Treatment options include compression stockings, exercise, and avoiding prolonged standing.
Can I prevent varicose veins during pregnancy?
There is no known way to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy. However, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing them:
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Elevate your legs as often as possible.
- Wear support stockings.
- Exercise regularly.