Pregnancy and varicose veins. Information, prevention, and treament

Pregnancy brings many positives like healthy, beautiful glowing skin, not to mention a new baby! It’s an exciting time. It can also give you some negatives, like stretch marks and varicose veins. Usually, you will notice varicose veins appearing as rope-like, bulging trails of purplish-looking veins on your legs. They can appear anywhere on your lower body. Even hemorrhoids that can come about as a symptom of pregnancy are technically varicose veins.

On the bright side, there are many ways you can reduce the risk of developing these uncomfortable, swollen veins. There are ways to treat them once they develop, too, helping you achieve your pre-baby beautiful skin.

Varicose veins and pregnancy

The veins’ job is to carry blood throughout your body back up to your heart. Varicose veins develop on the valves inside of the rain stopped working as they should. As a result, blood will start to back up instead of flowing properly throughout the body. This closes pools of blood to develop, making beans swell up, turning them different colors, making them bulge from the skin, and making them painful over time.

When you are pregnant, you produce more blood to support the baby and yourself. Your hormones, which help ligaments relax so the baby can be born, also caused the walls of your veins to relax. At the same time, you’re growing uterus places additional weight on the inferior vena cava, a large vein located on the right side of your body. Other veins in your lower body become strained and varicose veins can arise due to all of this.

Prevention of varicose veins during pregnancy

Here’s a short list of some things you can do to prevent varicose veins from forming during pregnancy.

Keep feet elevated when possible.

Because varicose veins are caused by the pooling of blood in the legs, keeping your feet elevated on a regular basis will help the blood flow properly, reducing the risk of pooling of the blood. We are not telling you to spend the whole day lying in bed, but a few minutes at the end of each day with your feet propped up to make you feel better in many situations where you might be feeling pressure build up.

Wear compression stockings or socks.

When you’re not lying down, wearing compression stockings is a good way to encourage proper blood flow in the legs.

Stay active.

It’s eacy to give up on all of your Fitness activities when you become pregnant and feel like you can eat whatever you want. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s healthy to maintain an active lifestyle during pregnancy. Check with your doctor first to ensure your safety, but in most cases, it is healthy and encouraged for women to stay active during pregnancy. Blood will flow better in this situation.

Keep legs active when sitting or laying.

When you are sitting or even standing for long periods, it’s a good idea to flex the legs, getting the blood pumping occasionally.

Sleep on your left side.

The inferior vena cava that we mentioned earlier is located on the right side of the body. When possible, try to sleep on the left side of the body. Lying on the left side of the body keeps the weight of the uterus off of that vein, helping reduce pressure on leg and foot veins.

Maintain a healthy diet

Just like giving up on exercise is easy to do when you’re pregnant, so is giving up on your healthy diet! While you need to gain weight during pregnancy, gaining too much will increase the risk of many health issues, including varicose veins.

Avoid constipation

To reduce the chance of developing hemorrhoids during pregnancy, you should try to avoid constipation. Drink lots of fluids to help us with this. That doesn’t just mean water, but also fruit juices, especially prune juice. Limit your salt intake and high fiber foods. Taking walks and doing a light physical activity regimen will also help you to prevent constipation. If you do somehow become constipated, you can safely take a stool softener even while pregnant. Check with your doctor to ensure that this is safe.

Treatment of varicose veins during and after pregnancy

 it is possible to treat varicose veins during pregnancy. However, since the condition that causes the veins is still active, it is preferable to wait until after pregnancy before attempting treatment. We suggest giving your veins 3 to 4 months after giving birth before seeking any treatment. They can take that amount of time or even longer to improve on their own, but sometimes they don’t, especially if you’ve been pregnant more than once.

When varicose veins don’t go away by themselves; talk to us at Five Clinics about treatment that can help. Modern, non-surgical procedures are available that are minimally invasive and let you do your normal activities right after treatment most of the time. Most treatments are non-surgical and involve laser end injections rather than scalpels and Blades. Although surgical treatment can sometimes be needed, it is less common than ever.

Treatment for varicose veins in Ohio

You don’t need to endure another day with bulging, unsightly, and painful varicose veins. Please arrange for a leg screening at Five Clinics in Ohio by giving us a call or scheduling an appointment online right now. 

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