Varicose Veins And Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

Jul 15, 2018

Varicose Veins And Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

Your body goes through more changes during pregnancy than you may have ever imagined. And although most changes are good— like a growing baby and belly— some changes can be a bit more painful and irritating. If you have developed varicose veins during your pregnancy, you are certainly not alone. In fact, some studies have indicated that as many as 10-15% of women get varicose veins while pregnant. So, what do varicose veins during pregnancy mean for you and how can they be treated?

How Are They Caused?

Much like with most changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, varicose veins are caused primarily by hormones. And although they will typically fade after pregnancy, they may not entirely go away on their own.

How Can I Treat My Veins During Pregnancy?

While you’re pregnant, we typically don’t like to perform any sort of treatments. However, there are a few things that you can do to help alleviate any achiness or pain.

  • Maternity Hosiery: Although we may not recommend too tight of compression stockings while you’re pregnant, some maternity hosiery can help prevent the blood from pooling in your legs. If you need help choosing the right types of hosiery, contact our office, and we can help.
  • Go On Walks: Walking during pregnancy isn’t just good for yours and your growing baby’s health, but it’s also good for your varicose veins. Walking can help increase your blood circulation and get things going in the right direction.
  • Reduce Sodium Intake: Although it can be hard to say no to salty foods, one way to help with varicose veins is to lower your sodium intake. Try buying low-sodium foods when available and avoid adding extra salt when you’re cooking.
  • Avoid High Heels: Even though high heels can make you feel sexier while you’re pregnant, they can also be very uncomfortable and aren’t going to do your varicose veins any favors. Instead of wearing high heels, invest in a comfortable pair of flats.

Are you ready to learn more about varicose vein treatments? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Heeringa at our Northern Michigan Vein Specialists office and call us at  (231) 936-2068.

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