Varicose Veins and Pregnancy


Varicose veins are raised, swollen and often uncomfortable blood vessels usually found in the legs. Symptoms may include heaviness, swelling, skin darkening, numbness, aching pain, leg fatigue, itching and/or irritation.

Many women first notice varicose veins during pregnancy. While pregnancy does not cause varicose veins, it can worsen its symptoms. Pregnancy increases the amount of blood in a woman’s body, which in some cases, lead to enlarged veins. This is especially true at the end of pregnancy when the uterus puts greater pressure on the veins in the legs.

Helpful Tips:

  • Walking daily can help your circulation.
  • Elevate your legs whenever you can.
  • Try to keep within the recommended weight range for your pregnancy.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Do not sit with your legs or ankles crossed. Flex your ankles when possible.
  • Wear compression stockings.
  • Take breaks and move around if you sit or stand for long periods of time.

Varicose veins tend to improve after pregnancy. If they don’t improve, there are medical treatments and procedures to treat them quickly and with minimal recovery time. A physician can determine the best course of action after an evaluation. These procedures can help reduce leg fatigue, swelling, pain, and discomfort.

Contact our office to schedule your vein evaluation today.