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Why Pregnancy Can Cause Varicose Veins.

Blood travels through veins to get from your cells back to your heart. When blood is in the veins of your legs, the contraction of your leg muscles helps the blood flow against gravity to the heart. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in your body increases to support the baby, but blood flow between the legs and pelvis decreases. This causes pressure to build up in the veins, forcing them to expand outward. The result is large, often visible, varicose veins. Watch this video for the full scoop on pregnancy and varicose veins, via:

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How To Avoid Varicose Veins While Pregnant

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While varicose veins are sometimes a given with pregnancy, with all the additional weight and pressure you legs take on, they can sometimes happen without your control. However, there are some tips to follow to help minimize your chances of getting them.

 

  • Exercise daily; even just a brisk walk will help with circulation.
  • Strive to keep within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy.
  • Elevate your feet and legs whenever possible. Use a stool or box at work while you are sitting, and a pillow while you are lying down.
  • Don’t cross your legs or ankles when sitting, the added pressure can cause them to appear.
  • Sleep on your let side. Wedge a pillow behind your back to keep yourself tilted to the left and elevate your feet with a pillow. The inferior vena cava is one the right side, lying on your left side relieves the vein of the weight from your uterus, thus decreasing pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.
  • Wear special support hose. Graduated-compression stockings, which are twice as thick as normal pantyhose, work best. These are available from medical supply stores and pharmacies. They are also great to wear while flying- they help keep pressure off of your lower leg veins when you are at a high elevation and sitting for long periods of time.

 

While there is no guarantee you will not develop any varicose veins during pregnancy, it is important to take the proper steps to avoid what you can. If you would like to read more about varicose veins and pregnancy, read here.

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Pregnancy and Veins

Ahh the joys of motherhood!

Little babies, and yes…spider veins.

While we have all heard motherhood is one of the most rewarding and amazing times a woman can experience, it does take a toll on the body. It is not at all uncommon for each pregnancy to add it s own mark on the legs; some women can point to various vein clusters and name them “this one was Emily; this one was Nathan, etc.” The best preventative measure is to wear compression stockings specifically made for maternity use. They can help with the fluid retention and heaviness that often accompanies the later stages of pregnancy.

Most treatment of Spider veins involves chemical injections that have not shown any significant effects on the baby, but we recommend the treatment after the baby is born when you are getting your post baby body ready to show off along with you new little one!

What’s nice is that after delivery there is usually some regression of the veins so they won’t be as apparent as they were during pregnancy. About two months after the birth you can begin treatment on spider veins. Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake can determine the best treatment for your specific problem and get rid of those veins because as a new mom you have enough to worry about.

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