Varicose Veins & Pregnancy
Pregnancy and Varicose Veins
Some women develop varicose veins while they are pregnant. There is usually no cause for alarm in these cases.
Varicose veins symptoms refer to bulging, unsightly, and sometimes painful. They are commonly found in the legs but can be located anywhere in the body. They usually stem from genetics, age, occupation, menopause and of course childbearing.
When a woman becomes pregnant her body changes physically. During pregnancy the progesterone levels increase, there is extra weight gain, and her body produces double the blood to feed the baby. All of these changes make her more prone to getting varicose veins.
When a woman gets varicose veins during pregnancy, they usually will go away on their own within twelve months or so after giving birth, but sometimes they don’t. Some woman are prone to varicose veins due to genetics, and the chances of having varicose veins increase if you become pregnant. You may want to take some preventative measures to ward off getting varicose veins during pregnancy.
It is important to maintain a healthy weight for you and the baby. You don’t want to over gain weight as this can contribute to the condition. Being overweight causes pressure on the extremities and constricts blood vessels which both are causes of varicose veins. Also, since the blood in the body has doubled, the heart has to work harder to pump the blood through the body, when too much weight gain is involved it increases the work again.
You should avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. When you do either of these the circulation is restricted increasing you chance of having varicose veins. You should take breaks and sit if standing for long periods is something you can’t avoid. If you are sitting for long periods it is important to get up and stretch you legs. Wiggling your toes can increase circulation, just as shifting your weight or tightening your muscles. You should avoid sitting with your legs crossed as this too restricts circulation.
You may want to elevate your legs. This increases circulation. Relaxing your legs is also good for preventing varicose veins. Tired, achy, and burning legs need plenty of rest as these are also symptoms of varicose veins.
Exercising is good for blood circulation and it is good for maintaining weight. It is sometimes referred to as a good stress reliever which most likely you will need during pregnancy. It is important however not to over exert yourself during this special time.
Support hose is another good preventative measure you can take to prevent varicose veins. Support hose improve blood circulation and have been known to relieve other varicose vein symptoms and leg discomfort. It is important that when considering the use of support stockings you find the right fit. You don’t want something that is too tight that will help decrease circulation.
No matter if you already have varicose veins before becoming pregnant or just acquire them during pregnancy, the aforementioned treatments for symptoms may be helpful. But before you start or stop any regime you will want to speak to a healthcare professional to ensure your health and the health of your baby.posted and updated by Steven Bates