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Preventing Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Photo of an unidentifiable pregnant individual laying down, pointing to a varicose vein.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for anyone, but it comes with its own set of challenges, one of which is varicose veins. Varicose veins affect up to 40% of pregnant individuals and can cause discomfort, swelling, and even pain. Varicose veins are caused by the extra pressure on the veins and blood vessels in the legs that come with pregnancy. We will explore the reasons why people sometimes suffer from varicose veins while pregnant, prevention tips, and treatments available.

Understanding Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the veins and causes them to become swollen and twisted. During pregnancy, blood volume increases, and the uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins and the inferior vena cava, the large vein on the right side of the body that helps to return blood from the lower half of your body to your heart. This increased pressure leads to varicose veins, which can appear as blue or purple veins on the legs, ankles, and feet. Varicose veins can also cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, and fatigue.

Prevention Tips for Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

The good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy. Here are some tips:

  • Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help to improve blood circulation and prevent blood from pooling in the veins.
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods: Prolonged sitting or standing can increase the pressure on the veins. If you have to sit or stand for long periods, try to take breaks and move around every hour.
  • Wear compression stockings: Compression stockings can help to improve blood flow and prevent blood from pooling in the veins. These stockings are available at most drug stores.
  • Elevate your legs: Elevating your legs above your heart can help to improve blood flow and reduce the pressure on the veins.

When to See a Doctor

If you are pregnant and notice or suspect you have varicose veins, it is essential to seek the help of a vein specialist at the Albert Vein Institute. Our team of compassionate and experienced medical professionals offers personalized treatment plans that can ease your discomfort and help you feel more comfortable during your pregnancy.

Contact Albert Vein Institute at (303) 857-5111 for more information about how our specialists can help with all your vein needs.