About 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women are affected by varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, swollen blood vessels that are predominantly found in the lower extremities. When they swell above the surface of the skin, they can create those purplish or bluish lumps that may look alarming but are generally harmless.
For some women, these varicose veins cause little to no discomfort at all, while for others, these make their legs achy or feeling heavy. Some women also complain of itchiness or throbbing sensation on the skin surrounding the diseased vein.
Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
A woman’s body undergoes man changes when she’s pregnant and some of these changes contribute to the development of varicose veins.
The Growing Uterus
As the uterus grows, it puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, the large vein on the right side of the body. As the pressure on this vein increases, so as the pressure on the leg veins.
Increased Amount of Blood
Pregnancy increases the amount of blood in the body to support the needs of both the mother and the child. This increases the burden on the veins, which have to work harder against gravity to push all the extra blood back to the heart.
The hormonal changes during pregnancy also contribute to the development of varicose veins. The hormone progesterone rises, which relaxes the walls of the blood vessels.
Will varicose veins go away after pregnancy?
In many cases, the appearance of varicose veins tends to improve after giving birth. However, if these swollen veins don’t fade or feel better over time, varicose vein treatment options are available after giving birth.
Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville offers different ways of treating your varicose veins. We have experienced vascular surgeons who have been diagnosing and treating varicose veins since 2004. Some of the vein treatment options we offer include sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous laser therapy.
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