Do you know? Varicose veins can occur during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can find just under the surface of your skin. It is quite common and will disappear after you give birth. But here’s the catch! You have to follow some preventive steps that are essential during pregnancy. What are they? Read on…
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you find just under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in legs from groin to thighs. However, varicose veins can occur anywhere on your body. They appear in bluish-purple or red color. They can cause burning or itching sensation in your legs. They can cause dry and thin skin. They can also cause skin ulcers. They can be quite painful.
Varicose veins and Pregnancy
Varicose veins mostly occur during the third trimester, they are common during pregnancy because there are several changes occurring in your body. As your uterus grows in size, it puts pressure on the inferior vena cava. Inferior vena cava is the large vein on the right side of your body. This keeps extra pressure on your leg veins.
Causes of Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
Your body produces extra volume of blood during pregnancy to support the growing bodies. This puts extra pressure on your blood vessels; particularly pressure is applied on the veins of your legs. Moreover, your uterus puts pressure on pelvic blood vessels and the extra progesterone that gets produced during pregnancy relaxes vessels.
If you develop varicose veins during pregnancy, they will diminish within a few months after you give birth. However, if you are opting for multiple pregnancies, the varicose veins of your first pregnancy might pop out. And if your mother had varicose veins during her pregnancy, you are likely to develop them during your pregnancy. Rarely a varicose vein could become inflamed that may indicate a blood clot, so keep your practitioner informed about your condition.
Prevention of Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
You can prevent varicose veins by taking some measures:
- Exercise: Now because you are pregnant, it doesn’t mean you have to sit at one place for long hours. There are many pregnancy exercises which are essential for both the mother’s and child’s health. So get moving!
- Blood circulation: When you sit, elevate your legs. When you stand, shift your body weight from one leg to another leg at regular intervals to have a good blood circulation.
- Strain: Don’t lift heavy weight articles. Don’t do lots of work at a stretch. Take breaks at regular intervals.
- Sleep: Always sleep on your left side when you are pregnant to avoid pressure on your main blood muscles and to keep the circulation going strong.
- Weight: Your weight gain during pregnancy should be 11-13 kgs (25-30 pounds). Any extra weight gain would lead to more pressure on circulation.
- Vitamin C: Make sure you include lots of vitamin C rich food in your diet. Since vitamin C is used by your body to produce collagen and elastin. They are required to maintain blood vessels.
Generally varicose veins don’t cause problems during pregnancy. However, if a varicose vein develops between your vagina and back passage i.e. perineum, then extra care will be taken when you push for baby.
Hence to avoid complications during pregnancy, follow the preventive steps and have a safe pregnancy or Consult Varicose Veins Specialist Dr. Abhilash and Book an Appointment with us!