Kicking off on Sunday May 10th (Mother’s Day) and running through May 16th is National Women’s Health Week. This week-long campaign strives to build awareness about women’s health issues, and to encourage and empower women to make their health a priority. As part of the initiative of promoting and understanding women’s health, we’d like to briefly share a few facts about the connection between varicose veins and pregnancy.
Women who are pregnant are more likely to get varicose veins than women who are not pregnant, and if you already have varicose veins when you become pregnant, the condition may worsen. Both physical and hormonal factors play a role in creating varicose veins during pregnancy. Over the course of the nine months of pregnancy, hormone and blood volume levels both drastically increase. Thus, the size of the veins increases to accommodate the extra blood volume. The natural increase in the progesterone hormone dilates the veins, and can cause blood to pool in the veins. An enlarged uterus also increases pressure on the veins.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant or have just become pregnant, and you either know you are genetically predisposed to varicose veins or already have them, it might be a good idea to consult a vein specialist so you can determine a course of action. Women may find that after the pregnancy is over, the varicose veins subside to a point, but never fully go away. We know that Moms go through a lot for their children, but suffering from painful, swollen varicose veins doesn’t have to be something that you accept. If you’re a proud Mom who has developed varicose veins as a result of pregnancy, we want to help you. Talk to a vein specialist at Vein Institute of Connecticut to see what we can do for you.