Varicose Veins During Pregnancy: A Common Condition Explained

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Varicose veins are a common condition affecting many people, especially women. During pregnancy, the risk of developing varicose veins increases significantly. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 40% of pregnant women experience varicose veins.

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How Does Pregnancy Relate to Varicose Veins?

Pregnancy is a time of significant changes in a woman's body, and some notable changes include increased volume throughout the body and an increase in pressure on the veins in the legs. As the uterus expands and volume increases, it puts pressure on the veins, which can cause them to enlarge and become more visible. This pressure can also cause the valves in the veins to weaken, which can lead to the backward flow of blood and the development of varicose veins.

While varicose veins can be uncomfortable and unsightly, they usually do not pose a serious health risk during pregnancy. Compression stockings, exercise, and elevating the legs can help relieve symptoms. After delivery, if varicose veins and symptoms persist, there are minimally invasive treatment options available.

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Managing Varicose Veins

One of the most effective ways to manage varicose veins during pregnancy is through lifestyle changes. 

These changes can include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Wearing compression stockings

Dr. Allmon recommends that pregnant women avoid standing or sitting for long periods and elevate their legs whenever possible to reduce the pressure on their veins.

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Finding Relief for Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Varicose veins during pregnancy can be managed through lifestyle changes and can be treated postpartum with minimally invasive procedures. Compression hose, leg elevation and maintaining healthy weight are all beneficial. 

It is important to note that varicose veins during pregnancy typically improve or resolve after delivery. However, for some women, varicose veins may persist even after delivery. In these cases, Dr. Allmon recommends follow-up treatment after the baby is born.

At Ellison Vein Institute, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care. Our team has extensive experience in treating varicose veins during pregnancy and is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of our patients. If you are pregnant and experiencing varicose veins, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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