Pregnancy is one of the miracles we face in life. The delivery of the angel son or daughter makes the process all worthwhile. Despite the joy of pregnancy, many become afflicted with varicose veins of the legs and pelvis due to hormonal influences and pelvic pressure. We know that varicose veins become reduced after delivery, but in the majority of cases, the damage is done.
We recommend compression stockings early in pregnancy to support the venous system and reduce symptoms of pain or swelling. In instances where varicosities emerge from the vulvar/vaginal area, special care is needed to support the area and reduce the symptoms commonly seen. Maternity compression is tailored to fit the abdomen and pelvis in the later stages of pregnancy and is generally well tolerated.
Successive pregnancies raise the risk of developing varicose veins. In fact, the risk of developing varicose veins with 1, 2, or 3 deliveries is 13%, 25%, and 65% respectively. The timing of vein treatment is simply based upon a patient’s quality of life impairment or when skin changes or complications (bleeding, ulcers, ‘blood clots’) occur.
To learn more about your vein health and how you may reduce your risk of developing varicose veins with pregnancy, please contact our office at (765) 807-2770.