Varicose veins during pregnancy - what you need to know
During pregnancy, it is common to experience physical changes in the body, including varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when veins expand abnormally, causing pain and discomfort for expectant mothers.
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Varicose veins are mainly caused by hormones present during pregnancy and genetics. They are most commonly found on the legs, but can also occur in the rectum (haemorrhoids) and genitals.
Symptoms of varicose veins
Symptoms of varicose veins include swollen legs, itching around the affected area, tenderness upon touch, and pain in the legs when standing or walking for longer periods. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate or prevent varicose veins in the legs. A simple way to do this is by wearing support stockings and elevating your legs as often as possible.
Varicose veins after childbirth
For most expectant mothers, varicose veins improve after childbirth when hormone levels settle. However, if you experience severe or painful varicose veins during pregnancy, it is important to discuss your symptoms with a doctor or midwife. They can provide advice on treatment and help you manage the discomfort. Remember that varicose veins are a common occurrence during pregnancy and help is available.
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