The development of varicose veins is influenced by a number of factors, but it is during pregnancy that women often experience varicose veins for the first time. As the baby develops, the legs are put under an increasing amount of pressure, specifically a vein called the inferior vena cava, located on the right side of the body resulting in increased blood pressure, the increased blood pressure accelerate varicose vein formation. Other factors that contribute to varicose vein formation include the following:
- Heredity – A primary cause of varicose veins. A family history of varicose veins offers a much higher risk of developing them, even outside of pregnancy.
- Age – As you age, veins weaken and collapse. Women in their 30’s-40’s suffer from varicose veins more frequently than women in their 20’s.
- Prior Pregnancies – Pregnancy puts significant strain on the leg veins. Each successive pregnancy weakens the veins, resulting in an increased number of varicose veins.
- The Size and Position of the Baby – As the baby grows it can restrict the blood flow to the lower parts of the body.
- Hormone Levels – During pregnancy, hormones cause the tissues in the lower body to soften, including the veins in the legs, increasing the risk of varicose veins.
- Weight Gain – Variations in weight contribute to circulatory issues, increasing the chances of developing varicose veins.
- Decreased Activity – The fatigue and/or exercise restrictions associated with pregnancy may cause a woman to be less active while pregnant. Decreased muscle tone can contribute to blood pooling inside of veins, forming varicose veins.
The good news is that for most women varicose veins that appear during pregnancy will disappear within three months following delivery. If the veins do not disappear, there are many non-invasive vein removal procedures with minimal down time that can be performed following childbirth. To learn more about possible treatment for varicose veins following pregnancy Contact Advanced Vein and Laser Centre at 847-367-4040 to
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