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How do varicose veins change with pregnancy?

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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree

In brief: Pregnancy

Pregnancy may cause varicose veins as a result of enlarging uterus,especially with repeated pregnancies Use of support compression maternity pantyhose is helpful and important in prevention

In brief: Pregnancy

Pregnancy may cause varicose veins as a result of enlarging uterus,especially with repeated pregnancies Use of support compression maternity pantyhose is helpful and important in prevention
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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In brief: Usually worsen

The hormonal changes combined with pressures internally from the baby cause more venous hypertension in your legs.
Using medical support stockings, properly fitted as well as elevating your legs when possible through the pregnancy. Some start with knee high support if there are no previous bulging veins around the knees and progress to thigh high 20 mm hg support. Please see a phlebologist.

In brief: Usually worsen

The hormonal changes combined with pressures internally from the baby cause more venous hypertension in your legs.
Using medical support stockings, properly fitted as well as elevating your legs when possible through the pregnancy. Some start with knee high support if there are no previous bulging veins around the knees and progress to thigh high 20 mm hg support. Please see a phlebologist.
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: They get worse

Varicose veins are dilated veins in the legs.
With pregnancy, all veins get dilated so varicose veins will get worse. They are not dangerous but there can cause aching in your legs or itching and burning. Using support hose can decrease the aching. Elevating your legs, icing them or soaking in a cool bath or pool can provide temporary relief of symptoms.

In brief: They get worse

Varicose veins are dilated veins in the legs.
With pregnancy, all veins get dilated so varicose veins will get worse. They are not dangerous but there can cause aching in your legs or itching and burning. Using support hose can decrease the aching. Elevating your legs, icing them or soaking in a cool bath or pool can provide temporary relief of symptoms.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not always

Varicose veins can get worse with pregnancy but not always.
Studies give us different answers about that. Some say they do, some say they don't. Unfortunately, compression stockings probably won't keep you from getting varicose veins during pregnancy but they will help with swelling and generally make your legs feel better if you have varicose veins and are pregnant. A v2 supporter might help too.

In brief: Not always

Varicose veins can get worse with pregnancy but not always.
Studies give us different answers about that. Some say they do, some say they don't. Unfortunately, compression stockings probably won't keep you from getting varicose veins during pregnancy but they will help with swelling and generally make your legs feel better if you have varicose veins and are pregnant. A v2 supporter might help too.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. James Isobe
Definitive treatment of VV is not recommended, but treatment between pregnancies will help alleviate leg symptoms during subsequent pregnancy.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Generally get worse

Pregnancy will generally make varicose veins worse.
While they are not dangerous, they can become uncomfortable. Support stockings will help. Also swimming is a great from of exercise for women with varicose veins.

In brief: Generally get worse

Pregnancy will generally make varicose veins worse.
While they are not dangerous, they can become uncomfortable. Support stockings will help. Also swimming is a great from of exercise for women with varicose veins.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Worsen.

Pregnancy caused several changes in the body including hormonal, increased blood volume and weight gain.
These factors together with the enlarging uterus result in increased venous backpressure which leads to venous hypertension and worsening varicose veins. You should see a vein specialist during your pregnancy who will also follow you post delivery.

In brief: Worsen.

Pregnancy caused several changes in the body including hormonal, increased blood volume and weight gain.
These factors together with the enlarging uterus result in increased venous backpressure which leads to venous hypertension and worsening varicose veins. You should see a vein specialist during your pregnancy who will also follow you post delivery.
Dr. John Landi
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