Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

Varicose Veins and Pregnancy


It is a scientifically accepted fact that there is a tendency for pregnant women to acquire varicose veins. Fortunately, the occurrence is usually temporary and rarely serious.

Expectant mothers as a class are at some risk of developing the problem, while others, who are already sufferers, may find their conditioning worsening.

Pregnancy is a time when changes occur in a mother’s body. These invariably include extra body weight and increased hormonal secretion. Nothing there for anyone to worry about.

A woman’s body will produce more blood while carrying her baby. Perhaps a fifth more than usual. This extra blood is required to ensure that the baby has all the necessary nutrients to grow into a healthy infant. The extra blood has the consequence of increased pressure on the walls of the veins, hence the likelihood of varicose veins being formed.

There is also extra pressure on the veins with the baby’s growth through pressure from the uterus to the vein carrying blood back to the heart from feet and legs.

A third reason for the likelihood of varicose veins during this period is the increased progesterone hormone levels, which softens up the venal walls, making them harder to function.

These three issues increase the chances of developing varicose veins during pregnancy.

If these conditions do not improve or worsen, they should be treated after giving birth! If the veins feel hard, warm, or painful, or the skin over them looks red, there is a clear case for immediate medical intervention and treatment.

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