pregnancy varicose veins
POSTED BY Dr. Sumit Kapadia | Jan 27, 2023

How to Cure Varicose Veins during Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy

Varicose veins during pregnancy are a common concern for many expectant mothers. Varicose veins during pregnancy are swollen, bulging veins, blue veins are caused by increased pressure on the veins in the legs and can be uncomfortable and unsightly. While there is no foolproof way to prevent varicose veins from developing during pregnancy, there are some steps you can take to help reduce your risk and alleviate any discomfort.

Here are tips for dealing with varicose veins during & after pregnancy:

  • Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve circulation and strengthen the muscles in your legs, which can help prevent varicose veins from forming. Walking, swimming, and low-impact aerobics are all good options.
  • Elevate your legs: When you’re resting or sleeping, try elevating your legs above your heart to help reduce pressure on the veins in your legs. You can use a pillow or a small footstool to prop your feet up.
  • Wear compression stockings: Compression stockings can help improve circulation in your legs and reduce swelling. They’re especially helpful for women who spend long periods of time on their feet.
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time: Prolonged standing or sitting can put extra strain on your veins, so try to take breaks and move around frequently if you have to stand for long periods of time.
  • Avoid high heels: High heels can increase pressure on the veins in your legs, so try to wear shoes with a low heel or flat soles.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can put extra strain on your veins, so try to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other nutrients can help support healthy circulation

It’s important to note that while these treatments can help to reduce the appearance and discomfort of varicose veins, they may not completely eliminate the issue. In most cases, varicose veins will reappear after pregnancy, so it’s important to continue taking preventative measures such as wearing compression stockings and staying active.

After pregnancy, varicose veins may improve or disappear on their own. However, if they don’t go away or cause discomfort, there are other treatment options available.

Post Pregnancy Varicose Veins Treatment include:

  • Sclerotherapy: This is a procedure in which a solution is injected into the vein to shrink it.
  • Laser treatment: Laser treatment can help seal off the affected vein and improve circulation.
  • Endovenous ablation: This is a procedure in which a laser or other energy source is used to close off the affected vein.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected vein.

If you’re concerned about varicose veins during pregnancy, talk to Dr Sumit Kapadia – Senior Vascular & Endovascular surgeon at Aadicura Superspeciality Hospital, Vadodara for more information and guidance. With the right precautions and treatment, you can help reduce your risk and alleviate any discomfort.