Pregnancy is a wonderful moment in most women’s lives and while this should be embraced, their bodies go through chemical changes that can lead to unique issues. Many of these issues will resolve shortly after giving birth. For example, many pregnant women discover they now suffer from varicose or spider veins. This is a common occurrence among pregnant women, listed below are some of the reasons why:
When you are pregnant, your body’s hormones go through many changes. Hormones can influence your vein’s dilation. Blood vessels will contract in part due to increased progesterone production in your ovaries and then in the uterus. Progesterone production takes place to ensure that ligaments become very relaxed for delivery. In turn, this may increase the chances you will suffer from varicose veins.
Increase In Blood Volume:
Your volume of blood greatly increases due to the creation of a fetus in which your blood must be able to support both you and your baby. As your pregnancy progresses, your blood volume continues to increase. This rise in blood volume can lead to pooling in weaker veins.
Increase In Blood Pressure:
Your blood is constantly fighting against gravity to leave the legs and move to the heart for re-circulation. Over time, as the uterus and fetus grow, more pressure is placed on your pelvis and subsequently your veins. Under these conditions, vein function may suffer.
Varicose and spider veins are also possible due to genetics. Your family history can play a part in the existence of varicose and spiders veins even outside of pregnancy. If your mother or possibly sister suffered from varicose veins during pregnancy, there’s a good chance you will as well.
Can Varicose Veins Be Treated During Pregnancy?
Under normal circumstances, no. This is because in many cases, your body will return to its normal state after delivery. This can take a few months to happen, so be patient. If you do not see an improvement with time, there are treatments to help you.
Can I Minimize The Risks Of Varicose Veins During Pregnancy?
Yes, you can help minimize the risks of these veins during pregnancy. Pregnant women are encouraged to not stand or sit for long periods of time. If your legs are feeling especially tired and/or heavy, it’s suggested you elevate your legs to reduce some of the pressure. If you have concerns, speak with your doctor. He or she can provide some tips to help you through this time and minimize the risk of varicose veins after pregnancy.
If you are experiencing varicose veins while pregnant you should see a doctor immediately. Dr. Peter Mann is the leading vascular surgeon in Southern California and specializes in both surgical and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins. Schedule your appointment today!