Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a well-known contributing factor for increasing the chances of developing varicose veins. These often unappealing veins can cause discomfort and insecurity in pregnant women. Our vein care specialist Dr. Fennessy and his staff can help so that you do not have to live with this disorder forever.
Reasons Why Pregnant Women Get Varicose Veins
The volume of blood in a woman’s body increases during this time to support the growing fetus. In return, this can cause enlarged veins that typically occur in your legs. As the uterus grows, added pressure is placed on the inferior vena cava, the main vein running along the right side of your body. Pregnancy hormones also soften the walls of your veins, making it more difficult to function properly.
Take Preventative Measures
- Get regular exercise
- Sleep on your left side
- Elevate and avoid crossing your legs while sitting
- Wear support hosiery