While many of us look forward to the joys of becoming a parent, there are several conditions that have a strong correlation with motherhood that are not quite so joyful -- stretch marks, swollen feet, constant worry, and varicose veins to name a few.What are the real risks of mothers developing varicose veins?
While you are pregnant, the volume of your blood increases considerably to accommodate the growing life inside you. This can impact your veins, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. The influx of hormones we experience during pregnancy also plays a part, but the strongest cause of varicose veins is heredity, which is completely unrelated to pregnancy.
What can mother do to prevent or minimize the impact of varicose veins?
There are several strategies for providing support for your circulatory system during and after pregnancy:
- Watch your weight – don’t go overboard
- Elevate your legs – help your body fight gravity
- Be active – keep it moving
- Uncross your legs – don’t restrict blood flow
And, keep in mind that like many of the issues you may experience during pregnancy, your varicose veins may recede once your blood volume normalizes after you have given birth.
Should mothers have their varicose veins treated?
Absolutely! The presence of varicose veins means that the natural flow of blood to and from the heart to the extremities is not working properly. Like a leaky kitchen sink, it won’t get better by ignoring it – in fact, it will only cause more damage.
In the past, many people thought that varicose veins were a natural consequence of growing older. They learned to live with the pain and discomfort. The treatments were painful and not always successful. Today, there are board-certified vein specialists who identify, evaluate, and treat venous insufficiency (such as varicose veins) in the office using ultrasound and laser technology. The treatments are pain-free and very successful, and best of all, they are covered by most health insurance plans.
If you, or someone you know has developed varicose veins as a result of pregnancy, encourage them to schedule a consultation with Illinois Vein Specialists today. Our board-certified physicians specialize in venous and lymphatic medicine and have treated more than 10,000 patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. Contact Illinois Vein Specialists today.
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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois.
We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.