As a specialist varicose vein doctor in Nelson and Marlborough, people often ask David about pregnancy and varicose veins. Unfortunately, it’s an uncomfortable truth that some expectant or new mothers will develop varicose veins.
Pregnancy and varicose veins – Why they develop:
If you’re pregnant, we don’t need to educate you on the many physiological changes your body is experiencing; you will be aware of those for yourself! You may not be quite aware of some of the side effects that can come with those changes. Varicose veins are one of those!
As your baby and uterus grow, the normal outflow of blood back from the legs to the heart can be compromised. This causes increased pressure in the leg veins, enlarging them and making them more visible. These can also become increasingly painful during your pregnancy.
During pregnancy, you might find that elevating your legs or limiting the time spent on your feet can help with the painful symptoms of varicose veins. We can also advise on compression stockings that might be suitable to help you through your pregnancy.
Are they gone when they’re gone?
Now, some new Mums might find that a few months after they’ve had their baby, their varicose veins feel better; it may even look like they’ve miraculously disappeared. Sadly, this is very unlikely to be the case. While your varicose veins seem much less evident for a while, they will undoubtedly gradually progress again.
A common myth is that a woman should wait until she has completed her family to have her veins treated. This may have been true when surgery was the only option but take it from us; delaying treatment will make for a highly uncomfortable subsequent pregnancy. With the more modern ‘non-invasive’ treatments we now offer, we can sneak a treatment in between babies!
The good news:
When it comes to pregnancy and varicose veins, there is some good news… We can help! If you have developed varicose veins through your pregnancy, we can sometimes treat extremely uncomfortable and very new mums. As long as you’re not breastfeeding, there are no issues with immediate treatment. If you are breastfeeding, we can still treat you and alleviate your pain from varicose veins with some provisos.
The best way to discover how we can help you is to book a no-obligation varicose vein consultation with David. These appointments can be booked in Nelson or Marlborough. Contact us HERE.