Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC
Did you develop varicose veins during pregnancy? Wondering when – or if – they’re ever going to go away? Don’t worry. Those bulging veins are oftentimes only temporary. Many women find that their pregnancy-related varicose veins resolve on their own without any intervention about three months after giving birth.
Why do pregnancy-related varicose veins develop?
These thick veins develop as a result of the extra weight and pressure that’s exerted on the inferior vena cava, which is the large vein in the lower part of the body that carries deoxygenated blood back up to the heart for re-oxygenation. You may be at increased risk for having varicose veins during pregnancy if your mother or grandmother also had this condition.
How can I prevent varicose veins during pregnancy?
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to have total guaranteed protection from pregnancy-related varicose veins. Here are a few tips for keeping varicose veins from getting worse:
- Avoid crossing your legs while sitting.
- Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods. Take breaks, and move around.
- Wear support hose.
- Sleeping on your right side may put pressure on the inferior vena cava; try sleeping on your left side instead.
- Exercise daily to promote healthy circulation.
Okay, it’s been three months. How can I get rid of my varicose veins?
After giving birth, your body needs time to recover. It can take several months to start feeling back to normal. While you may be eager to get rid of those veins, give your body time. Exercise, eat well, and rest… and you may find that your veins resolve on their own. If the veins seem like they’ve come to stay, talk to your physician.
You may also schedule a free consultation at Valley Vein Center to learn more about Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy – a procedure we offer at our Central Phoenix location.
Schedule your free consultation with a vein disease specialist. Call 602-234-0004. Contact a Valley Vein Center location near you.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.