HOW CAN I PREVENT VARICOSE VEINS IN PREGNANCY?
Here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas we love our patients and want them to get the best knowledge available for their leg and vein health. It is important to know the best way to maintain healthy legs even during pregnancy!
You may be able to prevent, or at least minimize varicose veins while you’re pregnant if you:
- Exercise daily. Even just a brisk walk around the block can improve your circulation.
- Stay within the recommended wight range for your stage of pregnancy.
- Elevate your feet and legs to the level of your heart or higher whenever possible. Rest your legs on a tall stool or box when you’re sitting, and elevate your feet and legs with pillows when you’re lying down.
- Don’t cross your legs or ankles when sitting.
- Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time. Take frequent breaks to move around.
You may want to try wearing graduated compression socks or stockings (If your doctor prescribes it), which are tight at the ankle and get looser as they go up your leg, making it easier for blood to flow back up toward your heart. As a result, they help prevent swelling and may keep your varicose veins from getting worse.
These are available at pharmacies and other medical supply stores. (Morning is the best time to check for a proper fit because that’s when you have the least swelling.)
You may have heard advice that sleeping on your left side ca help prevent varicose veins. The theory goes that because the inferior vena cava is on the right side of your body, lying on your left side takes the wight of your uterus off the vein, relieving the pressure on the veins in your legs and feet. Although providers sometimes recommend it anyway, there’s no proof to support the claim that sleeping this way prevents varicose veins.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY VARICOSE VEINS TO GO AWAY?
You probably don’t like the way varicose veins look, and they may itch or ache, but they’re unlikely to put either you or your baby at any risk. The good news is that in most cases, if you didn’t have them before you got pregnant, your varicose veins will shrink or disappear altogether within a few months after you give birth.
The not-so-good news! If you have another baby, there’s no way of preventing varicose veins that time around (the same veins are likely to pop out again). And like many other pregnancy symptoms, including stretch marks varicose veins tend to be hereditary, so if your mother had them during pregnancy, you’re more likely to have them too.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL YOU ABOUT VARICOSE VEINS DURING PREGNANCY?
As soon as you notice them, because we can help you with fitting you for pressure stockings if needed. But you should call us after the baby is delivered, so we can find out if your varicose veins have an underlying problem associated with them.
It is great to know that also Dr. Sassan Kaveh is one of the physician’s who is trained to perform Clarivein and the new VenaSeal procedure in Nevada. So if you have the presence of those ugly unwanted varicose and spider veins even after pregnancy on your once beautiful legs. Don’t wait call us now at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas (702)-430-7661. Let us take care of all your vein problems today! We are excited to hear from you and make you smile again.
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