What You Need to Know About Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

What You Need to Know About Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

A Guest Interview with Dr. Daniel McDyer, OB/GYN
Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville

Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

What are the signs and symptoms of vein disease during pregnancy?

The most common manifestations are varicose veins in the legs and vulvar areas. Learn more>>VIDEO

What is the normal protocol for patients who experience varicosities during pregnancy? 

In dealing with varicose veins and pregnancy, the first step is to wear graduated compression stockings which have increasing pressure as it moves up the leg to mimic the blood flow up the leg. Also avoid standing when you can. When at rest at home, elevate the legs to relieve pressure in the legs. Learn more>>VIDEO

Why should I see a vein specialist if problems persist after pregnancy? 

Varicose veins can be very painful and you will want to get relief from the pain. You also need to relieve the pressure to prevent ulcers on the skin. These can become very serious problems if not treated. Learn more>>VIDEO

How long should you wait after pregnancy before seeking treatment?

After pregnancy, they will regress somewhat but some persist. Wait 6 months after delivery to ensure all venous changes take place. Learn more>>VIDEO

How does vein disease impact my pregnancy?  Does this affect my child? 

It will have no direct effect on the child, but the pain can cause stress and make an uncomfortable situation even more uncomfortable. Some women can suffer from pelvic congestion syndrome which is dilation of the blood vessels that are connected to the uterus which can cause pelvic pain. Learn more>> VIDEO

Why does pregnancy cause varicose veins?

When women are pregnant, the volume of blood and fluid increases by 40-50%. In order to accommodate that, the circulatory system has to expand. So, the blood vessels engorge. If they are weakened on the surface it can result in a prolapse or distention of a varicosity. Also, some valves can malfunction during a pregnancy which can lead to additional pressures and more varicosities. Learn more>>VIDEO

Have you noticed a difference between first and second pregnancies in regards to venous insufficiency?  Is age a factor?

Which each pregnancy, there is an additional risk for varicosities to develop. Yes, as the vessels get older, they become weaker. Learn more>>VIDEO

Are there any at home remedies for women experiencing venous insufficiency during pregnancy?

Try to avoid standing on your feet for a prolonged amount of time. In women that have mild varicosities, physical activity increases the resolution of the problem and increases blood flow to the heart which decreases the pressure on the legs. Graduated compression stockings, rest and elevation can prevent further distention. Learn more>>VIDEO

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