Varicose Veins After Pregnancy - 3 Causes, 8 Symptoms & 4 Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

Varicose Veins After Pregnancy

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Congratulations! You are finally a mommy now, and your dear little one is right there in your arms. You are happy, overwhelmed, teary-eyed, emotional, and of course relieved! Pregnancy has been a sapping journey, and you know all about its boon-bane tendency. Some pregnancy conditions tend to carry over to the nursing stage, and varicose veins are one such condition.

If you are worried about varicose veins and are flicking through health and wellness magazines for the cure, don’t worry! Just like always, MomJunction is here to help you. Here, we talk about varicose veins after pregnancy.

What Are Varicose Veins After Pregnancy?

Varicose veins after pregnancy are one of the common health conditions that women suffer post delivery. Usually, women suffer from varicose veins during pregnancy, although the condition gets better after the delivery. However, even if the varicose veins subside, the extra damage to your veins, such as stretched veins, can’t be reversed.  As a result, the pain and itching in the veins continue post-pregnancy, and you suffer from symptoms of varicose veins even after delivering your baby.

Causes Of Varicose Veins After Pregnancy:

Although pregnancy itself is one of the prominent cause of the discomfort due to varicose veins, there are other factors may make you suffer from the health condition after delivery. Find the causes of varicose veins after pregnancy below.

1. Hereditary:

If you have a family history of varicose veins, then you may suffer from the condition post pregnancy.

2. Extra Damage To Veins During Pregnancy:

If your veins suffer extra damage while you were expecting, then the damage may be irreparable, and you may continue to suffer from the condition even after your pregnancy.

3. Number Of Pregnancies:

The gravity of discomfort due to varicose veins continues to intensify with each pregnancy, particularly after three pregnancies [1].

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Symptoms Of Varicose Veins After Pregnancy:

The symptoms of varicose veins post pregnancy are similar to the symptoms during pregnancy, some of which include:

  • Dark blue colored blood vessels, particularly in your legs and feet.
  • Heavy, sore, or tender legs
  • Pain in legs
  • Swelling in feet and ankles after standing for long
  • Burning sensation in your lower legs
  • Itching around your affected veins
  • Breaks in your skin
  • Skin ulcers, particularly around your ankles [2]

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Treating Varicose Veins After Pregnancy:

If varicose veins continue to trouble you after pregnancy, then you need to follow certain measures to mitigate the pain and discomfort. Here, we list some effective treatments for getting rid of varicose veins after pregnancy.

1. Exercise Regularly:

Even if you cannot perform intense exercises after delivery, you can go for a brisk walk daily that helps improve your blood circulation effectively [3].

2. Elevate Your Feet:

When you sit, use a box or stool and rest your painful legs or use a pillow to elevate your legs. Also, avoid crossing your ankles and legs while sitting. Avoid standing for too long [4].

3. Wear Support Hose:

Compression stockings help alleviate the discomfort that you suffer due to varicose veins after pregnancy. The stockings are tight at your ankle, and they get loose as they go at the upper end of your leg to help improve your blood circulation. The use of the support hose alleviates the swelling and prevents the condition from turning worse [5].

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4. Sclerotherapy:

Sclerotherapy can help treat your varicose veins effectively after your pregnancy. Your doctor will be injecting a solution into your affected vein to reduce the discomfort occurring due to the health condition. You can experience positive results of sclerotherapy after about a month [6].

Did you suffer from varicose veins after delivering your baby? How did you treat it? Share your experience with other moms. Leave a comment below.

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