Varicose veins are big swollen blood vessels that tend to pop up on the surface of your skin in your legs, although they can appear pretty much anywhere in the bottom half of your body.
During pregnancy, many mums-to-be will develop varicose veins, particularly in the later stages.
In some expecting mothers, they won’t cause any discomfort, while others may experience itching, aching or a burning sensation in the surrounding area.
While there’s nothing that can be done to cure varicose veins, there’s a range of steps that can be taken to prevent more from cropping up and minimise existing ones.
If you’re experiencing varicose veins during the course of your pregnancy and are looking for advice, talk to a doctor online now.
Varicose veins crop up when the veins, which return blood to the heart, stop working properly. As you progress through pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body and circulation increase to support your developing baby. As the foetus grows, it’ll also put increasing pressure on the surrounding blood vessels in your uterus.
This excess blood pools in your veins, which expand due to the increased amount of pressure being put on them.
Varicose veins affect one in three women and you’re at greater risk of developing them if you have a family history of the condition, or you are overweight.
There’s a range of preventative techniques that can be used to reduce the severity of varicose veins and help any more cropping up.
In most cases, they’ll also generally clear up of their own accord after you’ve given birth and in the rare cases they don’t – there’s a range of treatments that can be employed to treat or improve them.
If you’re concerned about varicose veins you’ve developed during the course of your pregnancy, don’t delay – speak to a doctor online now.