Problematic Pregnancy Veins
Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life, filled with wonderful new developments. Unfortunately, one of the not so welcome side effects of pregnancy can be the appearance of varicose veins.
Pregnancy & Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins may develop during pregnancy for several different reasons, including; increased blood volume; hormones which can cause the vein wall to relax; pressure on the large abdominal veins; or a family history of varicose veins.
Pregnancy Relief – Compression Stockings
Whilst varicose veins cannot be treated while you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we can offer some relief with compression stockings. Wearing knee high compression stockings whilst pregnant can provide some symptomatic relief. However, many leg vein problems start at the groin and behind the knee, and therefore require full leg compression stockings.
Unfortunately, this measure may not prevent varicose veins from appearing nor stop the veins from worsening. They may however add comfort, safety and minimise deterioration during the pregnancy.
Treatment Following Pregnancy
For many women, the valve function of veins will return to normal after the birth of their baby and the varicose veins will disappear. However, in many cases, especially with subsequent pregnancies, the valve function does not return to normal and the varicose veins will stay. Generally any veins that are still present six months after the birth of your child will not go away.
Veins may be successfully treated in between pregnancies and once you have finished breast feeding.
Treating varicose veins early help to nip things in the bud and prevents a smaller problem from becoming a larger one.
A regular walking routine and the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy weight can assist in the prevention of unsightly varicose and spider veins.
If you are expecting or planning a pregnancy and would like more information on compression stockings or treatments, please call and speak with our Practice Manager, Anne, on 0401 009 405.
Listen to Dr. Kornfeld’s discuss pregnancy & veins on SeaFM: