Life Changes: 2 Occasions Where You’re More Susceptible To Getting Varicose Veins

“I love having large, red and purple veins that run up and down my legs,” said no one ever. Varicose veins are a condition that causes large, raised, blue or purplish veins to occur primarily across your legs. If you have a family history of varicose veins you, unfortunately, may be more susceptible to getting them. However, there are also two other occasions in your life where you should keep a closer eye on your veins because you may be more prone to developing them. Read on to learn more.


Pregnancy can do a variety of bizarre and unexpected things to your body. From excessive hair growth to constipation, it can sometimes feel like pregnancy is a cruel joke that is being played on your body. As another symptom of pregnancy, that’s unfortunately not a joke; some women develop varicose veins which can be extremely painful. Luckily, after your pregnancy, your varicose veins and other symptoms should subside. To treat your varicose veins during pregnancy, we encourage our patients to stay active— the more blood flow you have, the easier it will be in your veins.

Weight Gain

If you have recently gained a lot of weight or if you have been heavy set for your entire life, you are more likely to develop varicose veins. By placing a lot of pressure on your body, extra weight can constrict the blood flow between your veins— causing varicose veins in the process. Luckily, by losing extra weight, you can not only gain a healthier heart, but you can get rid of your veins as well.

Varicose veins can be treated in a variety of different ways with the help of Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists. If you would like to learn more about your veins and treatment options, contact our office today to schedule a consultation!