Many women believe that varicose veins are just one of the many changes that they have to be prepared for and live with during their pregnancy. However, there are things that you can do to keep your pregnant body healthy and possibly reduce your risk of developing varicose vein problems during pregnancy. There are also steps you can take, if they do develop, to make them less unpleasant.

Pregnancy-related varicose veins have some different causes than those not related to pregnancy have. One of these is the expansion of the uterus that puts pressure on the inferior vena cava on the right side of the body. Another is the increase in blood circulating through the body to support the baby also places pressure on the veins, which can weaken them.

Healthy Tips for Your Pregnant Body

Many changes to your body while you’re carrying a baby, like those noted above, aren’t under your control. However, other factors are. You can reduce the likelihood and seriousness of varicose veins in a number of ways (in consultation with your doctor, of course). Here are some key steps you can take:varicose veins during pregnancy

  • Keep your weight gain within a healthy range.
  • Get some form of low impact aerobic exercise, even if it’s just walking, every day.
  • Help maintain good circulation in your legs by not sitting or standing for long periods and elevating your legs whenever possible.
  • Sleep on your left side so that you don’t put extra pressure on the inferior vena cava, which, as we noted, is on the right side of the body.

The Importance of Prenatal Massage

Massages during pregnancy (when approved by your doctor) can help reduce the discomfort of varicose veins. Many pregnant women don’t have the time for a regular professional massage, nor do they want to spend the money to get them when they’re saving up for the new addition to their family. Look for a spa with massage therapists who are knowledgeable about the types of prenatal massage and are willing to show you how you can do it yourself or perhaps how your partner can help.

After Your Pregnancy

If you developed varicose veins during your first pregnancy, you’re likely to have them in future pregnancies. In fact, they often worsen during subsequent pregnancies.

If you still have your pregnancy-related varicose veins several months after the baby is born, you may want to consider having a vein removal procedure. This will help prevent more serious vein issues during your next pregnancy.

Contact Us for Treatment of Pregnancy-Related Varicose Veins

Whether you plan on expanding your family again or not, the Atlanta vein specialists at VeinInnovations can remove your pregnancy-related varicose veins through one of our virtually painless, minimally-invasive vein removal procedures. All of our procedures are performed in the comfort of one of our beautiful Atlanta offices. The procedures are fast, done in our office under local anesthesia, and you’ll need little if any downtime afterwards, so new moms can get right back to their busy lives. We also offer deep vein thrombosis (DVT) checks using our duplex Doppler ultrasound. If you or your OBGYN suspects a DVT, we can see you the same day to relieve any concern about this life threatening condition.

Call or contact us online today to schedule a visit with one of our Atlanta vein doctors.