Pregnancy and Varicose Veins Varicose veins in pregnacy can cause discomfort, swelling and phlebitis. During pregnancy, there is an increase in the volume of circulating blood that stretch the veins and the enlarged uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins. Hormones that are released during pregnancy dilate and weaken the vein wall. Over the course of pregnancy, the veins are overwhelmed and lead to varicose veins, discomfort, swelling and pain. If you develop new varicose veins during pregnancy, you could expect improvement in the veins up to three months after childbirth. However, after additional pregnancies more abnormal veins are likely to remain and often the stretched valves never return to normal function. If you are newly pregnant and have varicose veins, graduated compression maternity support tights or stockings can manage the symptoms. Minimize the effect of the pregnancy on your veins by elevating legs whenever sitting, walking for at least 30 minutes every day and ankle exercises when unable to elevate legs. It is a Myth to believe that it is better to wait until after your last pregnancy before getting treatment for your veins. This may have been good advice when groin surgery and stripping of vein was the only definitive treatment. With new minimally invasive procedures, the injury to tissue is minimal and you get a better outcome having them treated at early stage. If treated early, your subsequent pregnancies will cause significantly less damage to the veins. Your next pregnancy does not have to include the dreaded increased risk of DVT, aching, fatigue, swelling, pain and restless leg. If you are planning a family and have varicose veins that are symptomatic, it is advisable to attend your doctor or a vascular surgeon for assessment. Vulva & Breast varicose veins Other areas affected during pregnancy are the breast and intimate areas. Varices across the chest and breast can cause discomfort but usually distressing due to cosmetic appearence. Vulval or labial varicosities can cause aching, swelling and discomfort. The discomfort occurs even in women who are not pregnant and can increase in size during each pregnancy without treatment. Most patients just need a touch up cosmetic (visual) or ultrasound- guided sclerotherapy sessions of their Vulval veins. Injection sclerotherapy of Breast veins and Foam Sclerotherapy of the vulva veins are performed between pregnancies to clear them, so you don’t have those large vulvar varices to deal with at delivery time.
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