Pregnancy is one of the factors for varicose veins, but having a baby doesn’t make it more likely that you will contend with varicose problems forever.
If you do get varicose veins or spider veins for the first time when you are pregnant, the odds are high that they will at least significantly lesson once your baby is born. It usually takes three to four months to see a difference, but it could take up to a year.
For information on the causes of pregnancy-related varicose veins as well as tips to minimize them, see our article on Early pregnancy health tips to prevent blood clots, varicose veins and spider veins
Your doctor generally won’t treat varicose veins while you are pregnant because they are usually more of a nuisance than a serious health threat. But as with any medical situation, it’s a good idea to have a talk with a physician when you see or feel signs, and if the veins in your leg feel hard, warm or painful, or the skin over the veins is red, you should schedule a check-up. Your doctor will examine the veins and might do an ultrasound on your legs, which poses no risk to your baby.
If you had varicose veins before you got pregnant, they might worsen during the pregnancy and also could stay afterward. Consult with your doctor about treatment options to consider whether you plan to get pregnant again or not.
When you’re pregnant, it’s a busy time, with lots to think about. Bringing a baby into the world is work, and it can be hard on your body. Please don’t put off taking care of yourself. Your new baby and the rest of your family will benefit if you are as healthy as possible as you take on this wonderful new phase of your life.