Pregnancy is a time fraught with changes and, though most of these changes are beneficial toward the ultimate goal of a healthy delivery, some side effects along the way can be a nuisance and require medical assistance. Some women will find that they develop varicose veins during pregnancy as weight gain puts more pressure on their legs and veins, and the increase of bodily hormones affects their vein walls.
Enlarged pregnancy veins can not only be unsightly for the patient who bears them but they can be risky as these veins are relied upon to safely transfer blood to the heart, so it’s important that women seek medical attention for varicose veins arising in pregnancy.
Generally speaking, women are more prone to developing varicose veins than men as it is; however, it is pregnancy that increases many of the factors which influence the development of vein abnormalities. The tendency to develop varicose veins is largely hereditary so women who have a mother or grandmother that suffered from varicose veins will often find that they develop them as well. An increase in estrogen during pregnancy and extra weight makes it harder for veins to pump blood and this pressure can weaken the valves which causes a buildup of blood in the veins.
Those who get varicose veins in pregnancy should not expect these veins to simply go away on their own. For the most part, pregnancy veins become worse, and grow in size and severity if left untreated. Women who continue to have multiple pregnancies without treating their varicose veins after pregnancy may find that they’re at a much greater risk for developing more serious conditions, such as blood clots within the body that can lead to heart problems.
Though most women who develop varicose veins during pregnancy will find them developing on their legs, other women may notice pregnancy veins developing on their vagina or vulva as the baby puts pressure on the veins within the pelvis and lower abdomen. In either case, it’s important to see a vein specialist to have your varicose veins treated, particularly during pregnancy when the patient’s overall health is so directly related to that of the baby’s.
If you are going through this potentially dangerous situation, the Skin and Vein Center is the home to many vein specialists who have served thousands of patients suffering from varicose veins. With a state of the art facility and some of the most experienced doctors on call, we can help ensure the safety of your unborn child and yourself, while treating your varicose veins during pregnancy. Call today for your initial consultation so we can determine what treatment is correct for you!