Varicose veins and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of physical and hormonal changes for women. Internally, the body adapts to house the fetus for nine months and provide the necessary care for its growth and development. During this period, some of those changes become visible as a result of the extra production of blood volume and the additional body weight that the mother’s body experiences.

The appearance of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins is one of those visible changes that can occur as a result of extra pressure in the blood vessels, especially in the veins that are responsible for returning blood from the feet to the heart, against gravity.

Varicose veins during pregnancy do not produce any danger to the health of the mother or the baby, and in some cases, they disappear once the pregnancy is over. However, some women may continue to suffer from varicose veins even after delivery.

For the safety of the baby and the future mother, it is recommended to wait until after giving birth to start varicose vein treatments. Procedures such as Endovenous Laser or Sclerotherapy injections are not prescribed at this time because they can affect the health of the fetus. Sonograms to evaluate the condition of the Varicose Veins do not affect the baby or the normal course of pregnancy. Therefore they can be performed during this time.

The use of compression stockings is recommended to control the multiplication of spider veins. It is important to make sure you buy a larger size at the waist to release the pressure on the abdomen. The mother is also advised to raise her legs and perform moderate physical activity
frequently constantly.

The content of this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.

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