FAQs About Swollen Varicose Veins & Pregnancy

A very pregnant woman, holding a flower, and suffering from swollen varicose veins during pregnancy

Developing varicose veins can have a significant impact on your body, especially if you are pregnant. The body is under additional stress during pregnancy that will only increase with the development of varicose veins. Here are some frequently asked questions about swollen varicose veins during pregnancy:

Am I at a Greater Risk for Varicose Veins During Pregnancy?

The short answer is yes, women who are pregnant are at a high risk for developing varicose veins. Women already are at a higher risk to develop varicose veins than men, and that only increases during pregnancy.

Why Does Pregnancy Cause a Greater Risk?

Varicose veins can occur more frequently for women who are pregnant due to the pressure applied to the inferior vena cava that circulates blood from the legs back to the heart. The uterus will continue to apply pressure as the pregnancy continues.

Do Varicose Veins Create a Health Risk?

Varicose veins can be a simple discomfort and not create any significant risk for some women during pregnancy. Such discomforts can simply be itchy and uncomfortable. Concerning risks can include feeling significant pain in the afflicted areas.

Are Varicose Veins Hereditary?

Unfortunately, varicose veins do appear to be hereditary. If your mother or grandmother developed varicose veins during pregnancy, you will be at a higher risk. Ask your family during early stages of your pregnancy to know if you should expect varicose veins at some point.

How Can I Reduce the Pain of Swollen Varicose Veins During Pregnancy?

There are several ways to help alleviate any pain felt from swollen varicose veins during pregnancy. If you have to sit or stand for long periods of time, make sure you take a break and give your legs some rest. When sitting, make sure to keep your legs straight and do not cross them. Varicose veins can occur when blood starts to pool in your legs, so make sure to elevate your feet often. Compression stockings, when worn, can help your veins regulate the blood flow to and from your legs. All of these suggestions can help reduce the pain felt from varicose veins.

Support from the Laser Vein Center

If you are at risk for developing varicose veins during pregnancy or you have any additional concerns regarding your vein health, do not hesitate to contact the Laser Vein Center. Our professional staff are dedicated to educating and treating all varieties of vein disease. Call us today for your free consultation.