Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Approximately 40 percent of pregnant women are affected by varicose veins. Bulging, twisting, irregular veins in the legs are varicose veins. Typically they are found in the thigh or calf and are most conspicuous while standing. Not only are these irregular veins unsightly, but symptoms such as discomfort, heaviness, restlessness, swollen and painful legs are also induced.

They can first appear during pregnancy and, over time and with subsequent pregnancies, progressively worsen. Visit pulsevascular.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/everything-you-need-to-know-about-pregnancy-and-varicose-veins/

The formation of varicose veins during pregnancy is responsible for several variables; these include hormonal factors, an enlarged uterus, increased blood flow and inheritance. In some women, after they give birth, varicose veins can disappear. They are likely to be permanent if varicose veins do not heal within 3 months postpartum.

The symptoms can be extreme and debilitating in some women. With the use of medical grade compression stockings, relief of symptoms can be obtained. Prescription strength support stockings (30-40mmHg) that prevent blood from pooling in the weak and dilated veins are medical grade compression stockings, thereby minimising symptoms and risk of blood clots.
Following pregnancy, varicose veins may be removed without surgery if they are persistent after 3 months. Modern vein removal procedures are virtually painless and do not require surgery or incisions anymore. Laser (EVLA) and radiofrequency (RFA) energy or chemicals (sclerotherapy) are used in latest endovenous treatments to remove unhealthy veins. These therapies are non-invasive, sometimes painless, and there is an immediate return to normal life. Treatment of vein conditions is recommended to minimise symptoms that appear to get worse with each pregnancy, if another pregnancy is required.