Pregnancy Leg Vein Treatment
Some women may experience varicose veins or spider veins during the course of their pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the body’s blood volume increases and the pressure from the growing uterus on the veins in the pelvis, adds more pressure to the veins in the legs. Progesterone hormones also causes these veins to dilate during pregnancy and this can result in these veins becoming more prominent and symptomatic.
Treatment of leg veins during pregnancy
Varicose veins or spider veins cannot be treated while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The next best thing is to wear compression stockings. These stockings are made to measure and come in varying sizes as well as degrees of compression. It is important that these compression stockings are fitted correctly so as to reap maximum benefit.
Stockings are worn during the daytime and should be removed when lying down or sleeping. Compression stockings do not prevent varicose veins or spider veins from appearing.
These compression stockings encourage the flow of fluid and blood upwards from the feet towards the heart therefore providing calf comfort, safety and reducing the deterioration of these veins during pregnancy.
Treatment of leg veins after pregnancy
For some women, these varicose veins and spider veins will disappear after deliver. However for others, these veins become permanently damaged and remain even six months after delivery.
It is best to treat these veins six months post-delivery and once breast feeding has been completed. A duplex scan will be performed to confirm which type of veins you have and which vein treatment option will cater best to your individual needs.