Varicose Veins Pregnancy

Dealing With Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

An appearance of varicose veins during pregnancy isn't all that unusual. Not quite half of the women who become pregnant will get them to one degree or another. There is a kind of good news - bad news situation surrounding varicose veins during pregnancy. The good news is that they generally go away not too long after delivery, and they are usually harmless. The bad news is that they sometimes do not go away, and if they do, are apt to return if pregnancy occurs again. Rarely however, do these varicose veins become a serious problem beyond possible cosmetic issues.

Heredity And Hormonal Change - There are several situations which can lead to varicose veins during pregnancy. For one thing, there is the heredity factor. If a woman's mother or other older members of her family have or have had a history of varicose veins, that woman is somewhat more disposed towards getting them during pregnancy. The principle cause however appears to be hormonal changes that a women experiences slightly. Our veins are the blood vessels which return blood to the heart, and the valves are there to prevent a back flow of blood between heartbeats. If a vein relaxes to the point the valves do not close completely, blood may pool, causing the vein to swell, leading to the condition known as a varicose vein.

Sleep To The Left - Women who habitually sleep on their right side are at a somewhat greater risk of developing varicose veins. The enlarged uterus, which holds the fetus, presses more and more against the veins in the pelvic area as the fetus grows. A major vein, the inferior vena cava is on a woman's right side, and the expanding uterus places pressure on this vein. If a woman sleeps on her right side, even more pressure is placed on the vena cava and the result could be the formation of varicose veins in the legs. Sleeping on the left side on the other hand will relieve this pressure.

A varicose vein is simply a swollen vein that becomes evident as it lies so close to the skin. Veins located deeper in the body can also become swollen of course, and while such as situation can sometime become quite serious, it is generally rather rare, even under conditions of pregnancy. Varicose veins most often cause no discomfort. Sometimes however they can itch or become quite painful. Many people, both men and women, experience painful and itching varicose veins which pop up in the rectal region, and are better known as hemorrhoids.

Prevention And Treatment - The best way to treat varicose veins in the legs, which is where they most commonly occur, is to wear compression stockings. These stockings must be worn all day and often for several weeks, or even months. There are few if any medications which seem to be of much help. Though commonly thought otherwise, walking is very good for a person suffering from varicose veins, and walking and exercise are also good preventive measures. Women can help themselves by keeping their weight within prescribed limits during pregnancy, and resting their feet in an elevated position when sitting. Anything that improves circulation or tends to keep blood from pooling in the legs can help prevent an occurrence of varicose veins during pregnancy.

In most cases, varicose veins disappear within 3 or 4 months after a first pregnancy. In the case of multiple pregnancies, they may linger longer, or even become permanent. While mostly harmless, a point is sometimes reached where discomfort or cosmetic issues may make removal of the veins desirable.