How to Treat Vein Issues While Pregnant
Pregnancy comes with its challenges, and one of those that isn’t always on people’s radar is varicose veins during pregnancy.
Varicose veins during pregnancy are more common than people think, however. Studies show that nearly 50% of pregnant women suffer from vein disease.
But is it safe to treat vein issues while you’re pregnant?
The short answer: yes. Thus, it is important to learn about treatment because if left untreated, your vein issues could get much worse.
So, let’s get into why it’s safe to treat varicose veins during pregnancy, and what options are available.
Varicose Veins During Pregnancy: Treatments & Safety Information
First, let’s answer the burning question of why varicose veins are so common during pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, your blood volume greatly increases in order to support the growing baby inside of you. At the same time, hormonal changes are causing your veins to dilate. These changes cause the blood flow in your body to slow down which, in turn, puts more pressure on your veins.
And, as we’ve shared before, slower blood flow means more pressure on your veins which has a higher chance of leading to varicose veins.
Though the majority of varicose veins happen in the legs, there is also the possibility you may find yourself suffering from varicose veins around the outer surface of the vaginal area (vulva) called vulvar varicose veins.
And how exactly does that happen? Well, during pregnancy your uterus puts pressure on the vein that brings the blood from your legs and feet back up to your heart, also known as the inferior vena cava. This pressure on your pelvic veins opens up the likelihood of vulvar veins becoming enlarged as well.
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer.
It is absolutely safe to conservatively treat your varicose veins when pregnant. There are a number of natural remedies for pregnancy veins.
Staying in motion. One of the worst things you can do for your veins is sit or stand in the same place for too long. Take breaks every 30 minutes or so to get moving and get your blood flowing again.
Exercise regularly. You will want to talk with your doctor to see what exercises are safe for you to do, but you certainly want to at least be walking on a daily basis to keep your vein health in good shape.
Elevate your legs. Elevating your legs periodically helps to improve circulation and gives your veins a break from working so hard. This alleviate the pressure on your legs and give your veins a bit of a break from working so hard.
Wear compression garments: Wearing graduated compression stockings is a great way to control swelling in the feet and ankles during pregnancy. If you are suffering from vulvar varicosities, look for a compression garment that supports the pelvis.
This is especially true for the tops of your legs as well as shoes.
Aim to sleep on your left side. Doing this will help keep pressure off of your main veins and help keep your circulation strong.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. This will help prevent the discomfort and strain of constipation.
Avoid high heels and other uncomfortable shoes. The muscles in your calves help to pump blood from your legs and feet back to your heart. Wearing shoes, such as high heels, restricts movement of your calf muscles which slows circulation and causes blood to pool in legs, so be sure to keep yourself in comfortable shoes that allow your feet and your veins to breathe.
All of these things are great for preventative care of your veins and to help your issues from getting worse.
However, if your pregnancy varicose vein issues are past this point, you may have other options.
Other Treatment Options
Vein Clinics of America provides great treatment options for women before, during and after pregnancy.
For many women, their vein issues get better or resolve following pregnancy, so you may not need further treatment.
However, if you continue to have vein issues after pregnancy the doctors at Vein Clinics of America are specialized in helping women deal with their vein issues. With 60+ locations throughout the United States, there is a doctor near you who can get your vein health back on track so that you can focus your attention on your baby instead.