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A 31-year-old female asked:

What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet during pregnancy, and how can i treat it myself at home?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angelina Postoev md facs
General Surgery 18 years experience
Compression stocking: The pressure of the baby on to draining system- veins is one of the causes for venous reflux. To prevent swelling, pain, and cramps use compression stockings 20mmHg. Also, elevate your legs/feet when in bed or at home. Usually it gets better after the baby, residual disease can be treated with ablation in future if it persists.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
Varicose vein: During pregnancy as the uterus enlarges the veins of the lower extremities are under increased pressure which may cause valve breakage which leads to varicose veins Many of these may resolve after the pregnancy is completed but that takes about 3 months ,sometimes a little longer if Breast feeding. After that time those that remain will probably not resolve and will worsen with subsequent pregnanc
Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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