Varicose veins can be a pesky annoyance. From itchiness to pain and unsightly veins on our legs, there is nothing good about varicose veins. Unfortunately, one of the biggest causes of varicose veins is pregnancy. Pregnancy can often lead to varicose veins because of the pressure placed on your inferior vena cava, a large vein that transports blood from your legs and feet back to your heart. As your uterus expands during pregnancy, it places pressure on this vein and can restrict its blood flow a bit, leading to varicose veins. If you have them while you’re pregnant, you can’t, unfortunately, receive treatment. However, these tips can help you alleviate some of the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins.
Tip #1: Get Up and Move Around
If you work in an office or another environment that requires you to sit for many hours a day, it can increase your chances of getting varicose veins in general, not just during pregnancy. Try getting up and walking around regularly. Stretch a little, walk around the office, maybe even try walking during your lunch break. This can help get your blood flowing and reduce your chances of developing varicose veins.
Tip #2: Watch What You Wear
Clothes that are too tight can restrict your blood flow, which as we all know, is not good for your odds of not getting varicose veins. When pregnant, try wearing looser clothing.
Tip #3: Wear Maternity Hose
There are specialized maternity support pantyhose that you can buy that can help to reduce your chances of developing varicose veins or alleviate some of the symptoms caused by these pesky veins. They’re slightly compressed, which can help to improve blood flow.
Tip #4: Keep Your Feet Elevated
As you get further along in your pregnancy, keeping your feet elevated can help with varicose vein symptoms. They can also help with feet swelling that is common during pregnancy.
Contact Physician’s Vascular Services Today!
While you can’t receive varicose vein treatment while pregnant, should your varicose veins persist long after pregnancy, we can help. We offer a wide variety of varicose vein treatment options that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort these nuisance veins can cause. If you’re still pregnant, however, well, take advantage of these tips to try and alleviate your pain and discomfort. Feel free to call us today to learn more about varicose veins and the many ways we can help.