When you think about all of the hormonal changes, physical changes, and complications of pregnancy, varicose veins might not be the first topic that pops into mind. Of course, in my profession, I hear more about varicose veins during pregnancy than just about any other pregnancy-related issue.
The truth is, if you’re one of the women afflicted with varicose veins during pregnancy, then it is a big issue for you. Not only are these veins itchy and a source of achiness, but they present yet another wardrobe challenge on top of the physical discomforts.
Why Do Varicose Veins Develop During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy presents a set of conditions that are the perfect storm for varicose veins. There’s more blood in the body (to support mother and baby); there’s extra weight, which certainly isn’t helping blood fight gravity and return from the legs to the heart; lastly, there’s plenty of progesterone, which dilates blood vessels, in production. (This is the same hormone that causes nosebleeds in many pregnant women.)
So, with the convergence of all of these factors, it’s easy to see why varicose veins flare up.
Circulation & Exercise Are Key
If your varicose veins are causing you serious discomfort (or you’re just not happy with the way they make your legs look), then you can alleviate symptoms by promoting healthy blood flow and exercising your legs. Take several daily walks, and elevate your legs above your heart for at least 10-15 minutes several times throughout the day.
Varicose Veins After Pregnancy… Still Not Gone, Yet?
If your varicose veins do not go away on their own several months after pregnancy, then you may wish to get treatment. There are a number of vein clinics in Phoenix and the surrounding area, but few offer the revolutionary Venefit™ procedure performed at Valley Vein Center. Learn more about this innovative varicose vein treatment option.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.