Nurturing your veins during pregnancy


By Dr. Yan Katsnelson


A pregnant woman’s body undergoes many physical changes — some of which are apparent and familiar, while others are fairly obscure. For instance, did you know that some of the effects of pregnancy on the body can result in vein disease? Increased blood volume, additional hormones and the pressure of the growing baby combine to increase the likelihood of developing vein disease.

The accompanying infographic, Baby Strains on Your Veins, discusses the four common types of vein disease that occur in women who are pregnant. These are venous insufficiency, varicose and spider veins, as well as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The most concerning areas affected by these issues are the legs and buttocks. Some (but not all) of these vein issues may subside after the baby is born.

Even if you think you have a type of vein disease that will regress, it’s important to inform your obstetrician if you observe signs of vein disease such as: leg pain, cramping, heaviness, fatigue, restlessness at night, itching, burning, or having difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time. While vein treatments are typically performed only postpartum, your condition should be closely monitored throughout your pregnancy, as vein disease can become serious.

If you develop vein disease while pregnant, what should you do? In addition to informing your obstetrician, there are some things you can do to lessen the pressure on your veins. The infographic provides simple tips to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy-related vein disease. Following these pregnancy-safe suggestions can help reduce your symptoms and may even help prevent the problem from getting worse. Take good care of yourself now — you won’t have much time to nurture yourself later!


Graphic created by USA Vein Clinics.

 Author bio: Dr. Yan Katsnelson is the founder of USA Vein Clinics, the largest, national network of vein treatment centers committed to improving lives through minimally invasive treatments of venous insufficiency. USA Vein Clinics specializes in the treatment of varicose veinsand spider veins