Varicose veins in pregnancy are a normal sign that appears due to increased blood in the pregnant woman and the relaxing effect of the hormones on the veins.
Varicose veins in pregnancy often happen in the legs, because the baby’s weight in the belly makes it difficult for blood to go back to the heart. In addition, they may also arise in the groin, intimate region of the woman and in the uterus.
Treatment for varicose veins in pregnancy
The treatment for varicose veins in pregnancy can be done with the alternating application of hot and cold water on the spot, during the bath. In addition, to care for the legs with varicose veins, the pregnant woman can put an ice pack on her legs, as it helps to contract the veins and decrease the pain. In some cases, the doctor may also indicate the use of compression stockings, to prevent the onset of varicose veins and to aid in blood circulation.
Normally varicose veins in pregnancy disappear after pregnancy, however, if there is permanent damage, after pregnancy the woman can perform laser treatment or surgery to remove the varicose veins.
How to prevent varicose veins in pregnancy
To avoid varicose veins in pregnancy, the pregnant woman may have some care such as:
Do not stand for a long time;
Avoid crossing your legs when sitting;
Raise legs while sleeping;
Massagefeet and legs at the end of the day;
Wear elastic stockings during the day.
In addition, it is important for the woman to do regular exercise to increase the resistance of the veins and prevent them from dilating.
Symptoms of varicose veins in pregnancy
Symptoms that accompany varicose veins in pregnancy include:
Pain in the legs or groin;
Feeling of weight in the legs;
Swollier legs at the end of the day.
If the legs become very swollen, red and hotter, the pregnant woman should seek out an angiologist to diagnose the problem and initiate appropriate treatment, as it may be a phlebitis.