Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Before getting pregnant, you’d probably never even thought about your veins.

But varicose veins are a common and annoying problem that pregnant women face. While they are usually not symptomatic, varicose veins are unsightly and in some cases painful. As oxygen-rich blood is circulated throughout your body, your veins job is to return that blood up to the heart. They rely on surrounding muscle and a system of one-way valves. The valves work by opening to let the blood through and then closing to prevent it from coming back. In varicose veins, these valves don’t function properly and blood is allowed to pool in the vein. This can cause the vein to become misshapen and bulge. Because veins that are close to the surface of your skin have the least amount of muscle support, they are most likely to suffer from this problem.

What are Varicose Veins

Why does it Happen

Pregnancy changes the body in such a way that women are much more likely to suffer from varicose veins. The American Pregnancy Association details the different factors that contribute to varicose veins during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body has an increase in total blood volume while at the same time the blood from your legs travels up to your pelvis at a slower rate. Additionally, pregnancy puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, the vein responsible for bringing blood from the legs and feet back to the heart.

What Can I Do?

Varicose veins are hereditary, meaning they run in the family. While you can’t prevent the changes that will occur in your body during pregnancy, there are some ways to minimize the risk of developing varicose veins. The American Pregnancy Association recommends:
  1. Avoid wearing high heels (they make correct circulation more difficult).
  2. Exercise (make sure you consult with a doctor about what exercise is safe for you).
  3. Drink plenty of water and eat enough fiber to avoid constipation.
  4. Don’t cross your legs while sitting.
  5. Eat less salt.
  6. Wear compression leggings (just nothing too tight to cut off circulation).

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is at risk for developing varicose veins?

    Women naturally have a higher chance of developing varicose veins, especially women who are pregnant. However, it is important to keep in mind that roughly 42 percent of men experience varicose veins by the time they turn 60. Family history is one of the biggest factors that determine whether or not you will develop varicose veins.

    If you don’t get your varicose veins removed, they may result in skin sores, skin ulcers, blood clots or even deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is best to get your veins treated as soon as possible to reduce your risk of developing complications down the road.

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