Tips for delaying varicose veins in pregnancy

12th November 2018 by Daryll Baker0

The appearance of varicose veins on the legs isn’t not confined to the elderly. On the contrary, these unsightly veins are very common in pregnant women.

Varicose veins are a common affliction of pregnancy due to the fact that the growing foetus, the placenta and the womb, put pressure on the veins in the pelvis. During pregnancy, a greater amount of blood circulates around the body, accompanied by the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which relaxes the walls of the blood vessels.

Such changes make an expectant mother prone to varicose veins, particularly in latter stages of the pregnancy.

Whilst varicose veins are common in pregnancy, there are certain steps you can take to help delay the veins from forming or lessen the severity of the condition.

Keep mobile

It is important to keep mobile throughout your pregnancy, as sitting for long periods can cause the blood to pool in the veins of the legs. This can increase the pressure within the veins, which can, in turn, stretch.

Simply walking around and circling each foot regularly through the day can keep the blood circulating around the body and help delay varicose veins from developing or from getting worse during pregnancy.

Elevate the legs

Pregnant ladies should enjoy putting their feet up to help them relax and unwind. Raising the feet by using pillows in bed or a footstool can also help prevent blood from pooling in the legs. It can be a good idea for pregnant women to sleep with their legs slightly elevated under pillows to help delay or prevent the onset of varicose veins.

Eat healthily to avoid putting on surplus weight

Naturally, pregnant women experience weight gain, which increases the pressure on the veins. Weight gain in pregnancy is unavoidable but excessive weight gain can make expectant mums more prone to varicose veins. Putting on surplus weight in pregnancy can help be avoided by eating healthily and carrying out gentle forms of exercise, such as swimming and walking.

If you are worried about varicose veins during pregnancy, you may want to speak to a varicose veins and vein health specialist. Get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, experts in the treatment of varicose veins and other vascular conditions, to discuss varicose veins during pregnancy.





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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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