Pregnancy and varicose veins

Pregnant women often develop varicose veins during their pregnancies. There are two main reasons for this. Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in a woman’s body, which, if the valves aren’t functioning properly, can increase the likelihood of veins becoming overfilled. As the woman’s abdomen and pelvic area accommodates the growing fetus, the flow of blood from the legs to the pelvis can be compromised. These changes are natural, but they can produce unfortunate side effects such as enlarged veins in the legs. Varicose veins may appear for the first time during pregnancy. It has been observed that the varicose veins may worsen during late pregnancy because the expanding uterus exerts greater pressure on the veins in the legs.

Since most treatments for varicose veins during pregnancy are conservative, there are a number of lifestyle choices that can positively affect varicose veins during pregnancy which include:

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