Varicose veins in pregnancy
Varicose veins, also known as varicosities are swollen and enlarged veins near the skin surface, often caused by improper blood circulation.
They commonly appear in the legs, but they can occur almost anywhere including the buttocks, rectum, and vaginal area. Varicose veins in pregnancy are quite common, though they are painless and harmless.
During pregnancy, the uterus tends to block the veins that return blood from the lower half of your body to the heart; hence reducing blood flow from the legs.
The surge of hormones that occurs during pregnancy softens the veins, making it harder for them to work properly.
Varicose veins in pregnancy have also been linked to genetic factors.
Varicose veins in pregnancy can occur anytime during pregnancy, though in most cases they become visible as the baby grows bigger.
The good news is that varicose veins in pregnancy will start diminishing after giving birth.
Varicose veins in pregnancy occur as large, bulging and twisted blue or purple veins on the legs and other parts of the lower body.
Varicose veins in pregnancy may cause mild swelling in the legs, heaviness, and even throbbing. Sometimes, they can cause leg cramps.
If you develop varicose veins in pregnancy, they will often diminish without treatment after giving birth. However, they may persist for up to one year for some women.
You can treat varicose veins in pregnancy by sitting in a tub containing warm water for a couple of minutes. You can also utilize a massage to relax the veins and improve blood circulation in the lower half of your body.
Another effective way to treat varicose veins in pregnancy is by using ice packs to reduce the swelling.
Generally, varicose veins in pregnancy can be prevented by leading an active lifestyle, wearing maternity support hosiery, elevating your legs to improve circulation, and increasing sodium intake.
The surgical procedure is usually the last option if all the available treatments are not effective in improving your problem.
The surgical solution is known as ligation and stripping to remove the affected veins.
This surgery is usually carried out under general anesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure, and you will not feel any pain.
It is performed by tying off the vein in the affected leg and removing it.
The surgeon will make two small incisions. The first one will be near the groin at the top of the varicose vein.
While the other one, it will be down the leg, around the knee. Your surgeon will tie up the top of the vein and seal it.
Then he or she will pass a thin, flexible wire through the bottom of the vein and pull out and remove it through the lower cut in the leg.
This procedure may cause some complications, like any other surgery.
Your doctor will recommend you wear compression stockings for up to a week after surgery.
It is essential to select your dermatologist based on quality, skills, and experience.
At HayatMed, we have the best vascular specialists in Turkey who can diagnose your condition accurately and determine the appropriate treatment for you.
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