Pregnancy is one of the most magical times in a woman’s life. It’s also a time when many will first experience varicose veins.
These bulging, sometimes squiggly, blue veins that typically appear on the legs, are attributed to the pressure being put on the large vein as a woman’s uterus grows while pregnant. This pressure increases strain on the veins in the legs and can cause legs to feel heavy and achy.
Not everyone will get varicose veins while pregnant and for some, they may even go away after giving birth. However, the outcome varies from woman to woman. Here are some of the factors that can make you susceptible to getting varicose veins.
One way to know if you will get varicose veins is to look at the women in your family. Chances are if they have them, you will too since they are hereditary. In some cases you can reverse it by keeping a better diet and monitoring on your legs, but in other cases they are unavoidable.
Carrying extra weight is also a culprit for some women’s varicose veins. Being pregnant and overweight creates issues further complicated by the pressure being put on the veins. When the blood cannot escape or circulate properly it becomes trapped and a bulging vein will form.
While there are greater chances of developing varicose veins with age, there is not a direct correlation between pregnancy and age in this factor. Most women over 50 do develop the enlarged veins due to aging, however this is much later than prime pregnancy years.
The good news is that if they stick around after you give birth, you have options. Treatments are available to assist with lessening the appearance of varicose veins including laser, radiofrequency treatments or sclerotherapy.
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