Why do some women get them?
Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women but it can also come with a host of physical changes and discomforts. A common issue that women experience during pregnancy is the development of varicose veins. These may appear on the legs and are caused by a variety of factors.
One of the main reasons that pregnancy causes varicose veins is due to the increased pressure on the veins in the legs. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, it puts pressure on the veins in the pelvis and legs, making it harder for blood to flow back to the heart. This can cause the veins to dilate and become varicose.
Is it because of hormonal changes?
Another reason that pregnancy causes varicose veins is because of hormonal changes. During pregnancy, a woman’s body produces a high amount of progesterone, which relaxes the walls of the veins. This makes it easier for the veins to expand and become varicose.
Genetics also cause varicose veins. If a woman has a family history of varicose veins, she is more likely to develop them during pregnancy, too.
Will they improve when baby is born
It is important to note that varicose veins at this time are generally harmless and will improve after the baby is born. But if pain is severe, with swelling or redness, medical attention should be sought.
What can you do to prevent them?
Preventative measures taken to help reduce the risk include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting.
Wearing compression stockings can also help to improve circulation in the legs and reduce the risk of varicose veins.
Modern treatments are available
Many women report that their varicose veins are still there after pregnancy. This may mean medical treatment is necessary. Modern treatments such as VenaSeal provide safe, quick and effective relief of varicose veins with minimal downtime, allowing women to return to their normal activities faster.
An ultrasound scan will determine whether treatment is necessary.