As if pregnancy doesn’t bring enough aches and pains, it can also cause big changes to your veins. We call this venous insufficiency and the most common identifier that many women recognize, especially during pregnancy, is the appearance of varicose veins.
These changes to your veins are likely due to a combination of factors including hormones, the increased blood flow and volume that comes along with pregnancy, as well as additional weight and pressure throughout the body from the growing uterus. What ends up happening is veins become stressed under these conditions and the valves within the veins that are designed to effectively direct the flow of blood begin to tire or fail. This causes pooling of blood within the veins in some areas which can result in visibly bulging veins (varicose veins).
The good news: generally varicose veins can improve or go away after giving birth if you did not have them before becoming pregnant.
The bad news: venous insufficiency and the varicose veins that often accompany the condition can be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful.
So, what’s a mama-to-be to do?
While it is not recommended to have ablation treatment for varicose veins during pregnancy, it is possible to help get relief from symptoms and encourage healthier blood flow through the use of medical compression stockings.
Medical compression stockings will provide support to your veins by helping to constrict or compress the legs. This form of treatment provides temporary decrease in swelling and can help take some of the pressure off malfunctioning veins, allowing blood to flow more freely.
If your OBGYN recommends medical compression stockings to help you with varicose veins during pregnancy, you’ll want to be fitted by a professional to ensure the correct fit of your stockings. Medical compression stockings are only effective if they are the correct size and worn properly as advised by a healthcare professional!
Did you know you can stop by any Miller Vein location during our hours of operation to purchase medical compression stockings?