Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center near Irvington, NY
(Provides information about spider and varicose veins during pregnancy and offers tips for prevention and symptom management)
Are you pregnant and concerned about developing varicose veins in your legs?
Even for very healthy women, pregnancy can bring about a number of different problems and complications. Unfortunately, the formation of spider veins and varicose veins on the legs is one of the more common problems associated with pregnancy. Because there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body for the developing fetus during pregnancy, your veins tend to enlarge. The growth of the uterus and additional body weight also places more pressure on the veins, particularly in the legs. If you have a family history of varicose veins, you may also be more likely to develop them during pregnancy.
In most cases, spider veins and varicose veins that formed during pregnancy improve within three months after delivery. However, they can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and painful and may increase with each pregnancy. To prevent or decrease your risk of developing varicose veins during pregnancy, you should:
- Avoid standing or sitting in one place for long periods of time
- Spend as much time as possible walking to help the blood flow back to your heart
- When sitting, elevate your feet by propping them up on a stool
- Maintain a healthy diet and avoid excessive weight gain
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep your veins healthy and elastic
- Spend at least half an hour every day sitting with your legs higher than your head
- Wear support or compression stockings as advised by your doctor
If you believe you are at risk for developing spider or varicose veins during your pregnancy or have already noticed the symptoms of these conditions, contact the Premiere Vein Center of Irvington, NY today. We would be happy to offer more information about prevention and treatment of spider and varicose veins.