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5 Ways Varicose Veins Develop In Pregnancy 

5 Ways Varicose Veins Develop In Pregnancy 

Posted on September 8, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


During pregnancy women go through several changes in hormones, blood levels and overall impact of activity on the body. It is typical that in the time of pregnancy and the time that follows, many women experience symptoms of varicose veins.

According to the American College of Phlebology, there are five ways that can cause the “development of varicose veins in pregnant women”. These are:

  1. “Increased blood volume
  2. Increased pressure in the abdomen and lower pelvis as the baby grows
  3. Increased amounts of estrogen and progesterone in the blood
  4. Increased amounts of relaxin, a hormone that affects collagen and many contribute to the weakening of the vein walls
  5. Decreased physical activity”

Due to the increase in blood and pressure within the body, this causes many pregnant women to feel strain whilst moving around. As the baby grows, more blood is circulated, increasing the weight on the legs, and therefore the development of varicose veins.

To help with the reduction of varicose vein symptoms, many pregnant women should rest as much as possible, but also keep in mind that light moderate exercise can help the blood flow keep pumping and ease the strain on the legs, whilst also taking precautions when traveling, such as wearing pregnancy stockings.

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