Varicose Veins & Pregnancy: Issues and Solutions

Varicose veins are those swollen veins that tend to develop near the surface of the skin. These veins usually appear in blue or purple color on calves. Although they are common in the calves, they can travel up the legs. When touched, these veins can be itchy and make your legs feel tired. Issues: Varicose Veins During Pregnancy Pregnancy makes your veins more susceptible to developing varicose veins. While a woman is pregnant, her body increases blood volumes, but it simultaneously also decreases the pace that her blood returns from the legs to the pelvis, which increases pressure on veins. Even at times when she is not pregnant, the veins in lower bodies are already working against the law of gravity to return blood to the heart. And once a woman becomes pregnant, the hormone progesterone causes blood to flow down. Even as the baby grows in the womb, the uterus compresses a part of the blood flow returning to the heart, which results in an increased risk of developing varicose veins. Varicose veins can be genetic. Like many other pregnancy symptoms, varicose veins too tend to be hereditary, which means if your mother had them in her pregnancy, you too are likely to develop varicose veins. The good news is.. Nobody likes having varicose veins, pregnant or otherwise. Most of the times, varicose veins are not discomforting but are aesthetically unpleasant. Even in pregnancy, these veins hold no risk to the mother and the baby. Also, if a woman did not have varicose veins before pregnancy, the varicose veins will disappear or shrink within a few months post-delivery,...
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