During pregnancy many women will find they develop varicose veins. This can be due to the worsening of pre-existing veins, or the development of new ones. While pregnancy does affect veins in the leg, it does not specifically cause varicose veins to occur. In most cases, the varicose veins occur due to the enlarging uterus pushing down on major blood vessels in the pelvis. Another contributing factor to problematic veins during pregnancy is that pregnancy hormones allow blood vessels to become more dilated, and therefore less resistant to blood flow.
As medical intervention for varicose veins is generally not recommended during pregnancy, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce the likelihood you’ll develop them.
If you do decide to have your varicose veins treated, you will most likely need to see a Vascular Surgeon who will be able to discuss the best treatment options with you.
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