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How can you prevent Varicose Veins during pregnancy?

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Are you pregnant! It is an amazing feeling for a new expectant mother.  However, are you aware that many women first develop or observe that the varicose veins worsen during pregnancy. Did your mother or sister have varicose veins while pregnant? Did you get them in your first pregnancy? If yes, then you must be wondering if it can be prevented this time. Unfortunately, you may not be able to prevent them completely. However, in this blog, we will suggest few tips to prevent the condition from worsening.

Varicose veins during pregnancy

Veins rely on muscles and leg valves to help blood move forward and back to the heart. Sometimes the valves in the veins become faulty and incompetent and the blood starts to accumulate in the legs, within the veins. When this occurs, the walls of the veins get weaker, get stretched and the veins start bulging leading to varicose veins.

When a woman is pregnant, her body carries double the volume of blood to supply oxygen and required nutrients for the proper development of the baby. This can cause added stress to the blood vessels and the veins start to swell. In addition, the added stress on the veins due to the extra weight that you might have gained may weaken and damage the valves which can further turn into varicose veins.

An essential hormone called progesterone increases during pregnancy and can cause the veins to relax. Through the relaxed veins, blood fails to move easily and start to accumulate. Th pressure within the vein increases causing the vein to enlarge. 

Mostly the varicose veins that develop during pregnancy disappear within some months after delivery. But if there are successive pregnancies, with further damage and weakening of the valves, the veins may find it difficult to return to the normal healthy condition. These would turn to varicose veins.

Can I prevent varicose veins from worsening during pregnancy?

Following are few things to remember during your pregnancy which can help minimize the complications due to varicose veins.

  1. Exercise more to improve your blood circulation. Walking and swimming are recommended during pregnancy for improved circulation. 
  2. While taking rest, ensure to raise your legs and feet to the level of your heart or higher if possible. 
  3. Don’t cross your legs or ankles while sitting.
  4. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing for long and always try to stay active.
  5. Try to sleep on your left side. It may help prevent varicose veins from forming and relieve the symptoms of existing varicose veins. This posture might help to reduce the pressure that your expanding uterus puts on your pelvic vein. 
  6. Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight around your waist or pelvis and try to avoid wearing high heels. 
  7. Ensure that the weight gain during your various stages of pregnancy is according to the recommended weight range.
  8. Wear compression hosiery which can put pressure on your veins and increase the blood flow from your legs. 

To know more about the condition and available treatments including the minimally invasive modes, talk to our Vein experts at Avis Vascular Center today.

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