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Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most joyous times of your life. It is a time filled with delight and expectation. Along with expectation, come body changes that need to be taken care of. When you begin to develop varicose veins, they can mar your bliss. However, there are simple and effective solutions.

Though most people know about varicose, we also treat spider veins that occur during pregnancy. Spider veins are the small web-like bursts that commonly appear on the thighs, while varicose veins protrude and can be felt when touched. These types of veins are most commonly visible veins during pregnancy.

What causes varicose and other problem veins during pregnancy?

You are no longer one person. The quantity of additional blood needed to nourish the life is greater. In fact, during pregnancy your blood volume doubles. This puts extra strain on the blood vessels in your legs.

Gravity is already demanding that your body needs to work to push the blood to your heart, add in your growing uterus combined with the diminishing ability of your blood vessels, because of the progesterone your body is producing, and it can result in varicose veins around the 29th week of pregnancy. They often dissipate within a year after delivery.

Additionally, with extra pregnancies, this condition can worsen or stop dissipating altogether.

Self-care for Problem Veins During Pregnancy

Keep your blood flowing.

If you’ve seen pictures across the ages, pregnant women are often seated, with elevated legs. This is because it has been well recognized that it reduces strain. Keeping the blood flowing will prevent varicose veins from developing.

One foot on a low stool while standing, and alternating legs, if you must stand for long periods of time.

Eliminate sitting or standing cross-legged.

Help your blood flow evenly by moving when possible.

We hear about the many benefits of exercise. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise, especially as your pregnancy progresses.

Wear loose fitting and easy clothing.

Wear clothes, especially underwear, that fits well. Most importantly choose clothes that don’t restrict or bind. You can remain stylish and smart during this important time without wearing, tight belts, socks, shoes and stiletto heels.

Wear supportive hose.

Support hose can be your best friend, providing the upward push to those veins that counters the downward push of your uterus. They prevent blood pooling and strain on your blood vessels.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Minimum weight gain is a must. Consult with your practitioner to determine the best weight for your pregnancy and frame. Remember extra weight increases the strain on your already hard-working system.

Prevent varicose veins during pregnancy with these 4 tips:

  • Sleep on your left side. By relieving the hard-working our main blood vessels and helping the circulation to move, this is an added measure that can be easily done.
  • Constipation causes additional strains to the varicose veins of the rectum what is commonly called hemorrhoids. If constipation is becoming an issue, which it is another common side effect of pregnancy, do consult your physician on how best to deal with the situation.
  • Additionally, don’t strain to lift heavy things, no matter how tempting it is to move that chair or bed or box.
  • Not enough can be said about a balanced diet, vitamins, and their beneficial effects, particularly Vitamin C.

Always seek medical advice from your doctor for any other preventative measures you should be taking.

Will problem veins during pregnancy affect my baby?

Fortunately, in most cases, the answer is no. However, if you are concerned about some painful veins, seek guidance from a medical professional. If you would like to receive treatment, Varicose veins during pregnancy treatment are quick and safe.

Come to the Vein Institute of Utah Today!

Schedule a free screening with the vein institute of Utah during or after your pregnancy for a detailed evaluation and more information about solutions to your varicose and spider veins. Painful veins are not something you have to endure. Our exceptional doctor and staff can help you have pain free legs. Call us today, 801-803-6359, for more information about veins during pregnancy!