Varicose Veins and Pregnancy
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Varicose veins are abnormal veins that fill with blood and enlarge. They are not only painful, but unsightly; and they are common during pregnancy.
The cause of pooling blood in the vein is malfunctioning valves that allow blood to remain in the vein. A normal vein would close completely to keep the blood moving towards the heart.
 Where do they occur?
Varicose veins are most common in the veins of the legs, but it can occur elsewhere on the body. Pregnant women may develop varicose veins on their vulva. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectal area.
 Signs and symptoms
You may have varicose veins if you experience:
 Causes of Varicose Veins
Development of varicose veins during pregnancy is usually due to one or more of three main causes:
Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy sometimes disappear after delivery; however, they are likely to reform in each succeeding pregnancy and will become more prominent with each pregnancy. Women who develop varicose veins while they are pregnant are likely to develop them when they get older.
 Risk factors
Things that increase your chances of developing varicose veins are:
 Home care
If you develop varicose veins you should:
To lessen the risk of developing varicose veins during pregnancy:
Troublesome cases of varicose veins that do not clear up after delivery of the baby may be treated by:
 When to call the doctor
Call your healthcare provider if you experience complications such as swelling, fever, redness, or leg ulcers.
 More Information
Read more about common discomforts during pregnancy: