Pregnancy: Varicose Veins
Varicose veins typically develop on the legs but can also affect the
During pregnancy, the growing uterus puts more pressure on the veins that return blood from the legs, and it becomes harder for blood to leave the legs. (The extra weight of multiple fetuses puts an even greater burden on the deep veins in the legs.) This can lead to pooled blood that causes one or more veins to swell.
If you or other women in your family have had varicose veins, use preventive and treatment measures that are safe during pregnancy.
Only in severe cases are varicose veins treated with surgery or injected medicine during pregnancy.
After pregnancy, varicose veins do not always return to their previous size.
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