Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Women naturally assume their body will undergo significant change during pregnancy. For many women, though, varicose veins did not make their “what to expect during pregnancy” list.

Michael F. Gioscia, MD, is a board-certified surgeon and award-winning vein specialist who leads the team at the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York. Well-known and highly regarded for his expertise and patient-first approach to medical care, this talented expert is happy to offer information regarding pregnancy and varicose veins.

What causes varicose veins during pregnancy?

Ordinarily, tiny one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing toward the heart. Varicose veins occur when the valves or walls of superficial veins weaken and allow blood to pool within the affected vein.

Varicose veins most often form in the legs but can occur across the abdomen as well. These enlarged veins often become quite visible because they’re very near the skin’s surface.

Many factors during pregnancy influence the formation of varicose veins, including increased blood volume that’s necessary for the developing baby. Unfortunately, this increased blood flow can stress and weaken your vein walls and valves, causing varicosities to form.

Other causes include:

You may also be at risk for developing varicose veins during pregnancy if you have a family history of the same.

Are varicose veins dangerous?

Varicose veins can cause discomfort and may suggest an underlying circulatory issue. But they aren’t usually considered a serious medical condition that represents danger to you or your baby’s health. Understandably, most women are dissatisfied with the cosmetic effects of varicose veins.

Can you prevent varicose veins during pregnancy?

There’s no way to guarantee you won’t develop varicose veins, but there are steps you can take to help prevent them, including:

The good news is that varicose veins may fade after pregnancy. Those that remain can be rather easily eliminated with treatment.

Can you treat varicose veins during pregnancy?

There are many minimally invasive and generally pain-free therapies available to eliminate varicose veins, but none are considered safe to use during pregnancy.

When appropriate, though, Dr. Gioscia takes the time during your initial consultation to fully evaluate your leg veins and devise the most effective treatment plan. This isn't a one-fix-for-all practice, and Dr. Gioscia has extensive experience in all possible solutions.

For the most innovative and effective varicose vein treatment available that’s tailored to fit your needs, schedule a visit at Vein Institute of Westchester today. Call our White Plains, New York, office or book your appointment online.

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