Varicose veins can develop in pregnancy, especially if you’ve had them before. What we do know is they may reduce after you’ve had your baby but will most probably return for your next one.
As the uterus grows this puts more pressure on the veins in your legs, plus, because your body creates more blood during pregnancy, this adds to the pressure on your veins. This could mean tired, aching legs and the potential for blood clots, not to mention unsightly, ropey veins.
Here’s what you can do:
- Keep active
- Put your legs up each night
- Wear compression stockings (all day) – these help to keep blood flowing, help reduce swollen ankles and provide some relief for aching legs. We offer free compression stocking fittings, book here: https://revascular.co.nz/compression-stockings/
Getting your veins treated is done after you’ve had your baby. These days, minimally invasive, day-case treatments mean little downtime and hardly any discomfort.