Understanding the Cause and Impact of Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
When it comes to pregnancy, many soon-to-be-mothers are entirely unaware of the lesions and discomforts that can accompany it. Varicose veins, in particular, can often be one of these conditions which cause discomfort to women during their pregnancy. Varicose veins during pregnancy are relatively common, so it is important for prospective mothers to have a basic understanding of the associated conditions and how to mitigate any associated discomfort.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen veins that are often visible on the surface of the skin. They are usually blue or dark purple in colour and tend to be lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance. While varicose veins can occur at any point in life, they are usually thought to be caused by increased pressure on the legs due to standing for long periods of time, carrying extra weight or wearing tight clothes. In the case of pregnant women, however, the additional pressure on the veins of their legs resulting from the growing baby is normally the cause.
During my pregnancy, I started to develop varicose veins in my fourth trimester. Although they weren’t visible on the surface of my skin, I constantly felt a throbbing, aching sensation in my legs that progressively worsened as time went on.
My doctor told me that varicose veins during pregnancy tend to be the result of increased pressure on the legs, which can lead to the veins becoming swollen, engorged and filled with blood. As a result, patients can experience throbbing, aching sensations and pain when in certain positions.
In order to reduce any potential discomfort associated with varicose veins during my pregnancy, I followed my doctor’s advice and saw a phlebologist for specialised treatment. The phlebologist explained that varicose veins during pregnancy can be relieved by wearing compression stockings and avoiding standing for long periods of time. After going through the recommended treatment plan, my varicose veins and the accompanying symptoms were relieved.
Varicose veins during pregnancy, although common, should not be ignored. With proper understanding of the condition, prospective mothers can take the necessary measures to ensure that their varicose veins are properly managed. In some cases, specialist medical advice may be required. However, by following the necessary steps, you can reduce the risk and minimize any associated discomfort.