Monthly Archives: October 2016

Avoiding Varicose Vein Development During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it’s no secret that the female body goes through many diverse changes.  While many of these changes are internal and may not be visible to the eye, some are not so subtle.  Varicose vein development is common in roughly 50-60% of women and pregnancy greatly increases risks of early development due to pressure on the veins and reduced circulation.  While the cause of varicose veins is unknown, during pregnancy there are several precautions you can take to prevent development such as:

  • Exercise and walk regularly.
  • Elevate your legs early on in pregnancy stages.
  • Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Avoid crossing your legs while sitting.
  • Control weight gain during pregnancy (additional weight will put more unwanted pressure on veins and circulation).
  • Avoid tight clothing that may compress waist or groin.
  • Limit salt intake to avoid excess water retention.

While these practices do not guarantee 100% prevention, being proactive and taking preventative actions will greatly reduce your chances of varicose veins occurring during pregnancy and reduce risk of future development as well. Varicose veins do worsen if not treated properly over time and can sometimes lead to more serious complications, such as venous ulceration, venous eczema and bleeding.  If you do develop varicose veins during pregnancy, there are treatment options available to reduce visibility and side effects. Call us at (775) 329-3100 to schedule a consultation or to learn more about treatment options.  (Source)

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3 Major Diet Tips to Fight Varicose Veins

When it comes to eating healthy, we should not just be thinking about bikini season, but overall health and how our everyday choices are preparing us for (or damaging) our future. Whether you have existing varicose veins or are being proactive and fighting the symptoms, these 3 easy diet tips can help your veins stay healthy and strong for years to come.

Consume more fiber

Fiber is a key ingredient to maintaining healthy veins. Soluble fibers from foods including oats, flaxseed, beans, apples, carrots, barley and berries allow for softer stools and will not put additional pressure on your veins. Because soluble fiber forms a gel when mixed with water, stools will be softer and prevent added pressure from building up.

 Stay hydrated

As mentioned above, water is also crucial in preventing added pressure on veins all throughout your body. By drinking water throughout the day, blood will be able to flow easily through the body without additional pressure.

Consume Vitamins C & E

Vitamins C and E, both powerhouse antioxidants, are crucial in maintaining connective tissue throughout the body and help to keep veins strong and toned. When consumed together, C and E have stronger effects on blood vessels and make for healthier vein activity overall. Available in foods such as, fruits, dark leafy vegetables, broccoli and berries, this combo is a varicose vein-fighting dynamic duo.


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