With New Baby, Comes New Veins
Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time in one’s life. And while the experience of bringing a new baby into the world can be filled with excitement, part of the pregnancy game includes an ever-changing body. With change comes side effects, both welcomed (hello, glowing skin!) and the not-so-glamorous.
As new mothers head down the road to parenthood, one of the possible health issues a mother-to-be could face is varicose veins. The condition is fairly common, especially among those with a family history of vein health issues. Typically found in the lower legs, varicose veins can also affect the vulva or rectum during pregnancy as the uterus grows and puts heightened pressure on the veins that return blood to the heart.
Causes and symptoms
During pregnancy extra blood volume is produced. While this is essential to keeping both mommy and baby healthy through the process, the added volume puts extra pressure on the blood vessels which may lead to chronic venous insufficiency. When the valves of the veins stop working properly, blood cannot be effectively pumped back to the heart. This leads to blood pooling in the veins, causing them to stretch, bulge and twist and result in varicose veins.
Some mothers may experience visual symptoms such as pronounced discoloration in the form of red, blue and purple lines in the affected area. Additionally, swelling or bulging can be a regular side effect of the condition and can often result in aches, cramps and pain in the lower body and limbs. Other symptoms can include restless leg and itching of the skin.
To keep varicose veins at bay during pregnancy there are a number of simple measures you can take to keep your veins healthy. Poor circulation is the main cause of varicose veins. Combat this by avoiding extended periods of standing or sitting. If your occupation requires this, try to remember to schedule breaks for a short walk around the office or a quick stretch at your desk. Once at home, remember to elevate your legs and feet as much as possible. You can also wear compression stockings if you have to be on your feet.
Regular exercise is great for improving circulation, however be sure to consult with your physician before starting a new workout regimen.
Make sure you wear clothes — including underwear — that fit well and don’t bind, especially around the tops of your legs. Don’t wear tight belts or socks with tight elastic tops, and stay away from tight-fitting shoes and stiletto heels. Also, keep your weight gain during pregnancy down to what your physician recommends, usually 25 to 35 pounds. This way, your circulatory system won’t be too overworked.
How to Treat Varicose Veins After Pregnancy
If you experience varicose veins after pregnancy, you have options!
Dr Sassan Kaveh and his team at Alpha Vein Clinic can conveniently diagnose and treat your veins right in the office. Most medical insurances cover the treatments we have available which include Radiofrequency Ablation and the newest procedure, ClariVein. If you are currently experiencing symptoms or have any questions, call our offices at (702)430-7661 to schedule a consultation.
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