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)