Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and the culminating product is one that will bring you profound joy. Every little ounce of discomfort is worth it in the end when you see that sweet, little baby. That doesn’t mean that the lasting effects of pregnancy don’t come with a small amount of dread or irritation. These range from stretch marks to vision changes, but one we know a lot about at Alaska Vein Care is varicose veins. There are many factors that determine if you’ll get varicose veins during your pregnancy, but not every pregnancy means you will get them.
What you can do
There are things you can try to avoid developing this unattractive problem. Below is a list of things you can do to help avoid varicose veins during pregnancy:
- Avoid tight clothing
- Keeping moving, don’t sit or stand still for long periods of time. Get up and move often.
- Watch your weight gain. Keep it within a healthy range of 25-30 lbs.
- Sleep on the left side. This keeps the circulation moving easier.
- Elevate your feet when possible.
- Avoid constipation. Straining can cause pressure on your veins.
These tips can keep your blood flow moving and prevent pooling, which adds stress and pressure on weak parts of your veins. Above all, listen to your body and take your vitamins. Vitamin C supplements helps your body produce collagen and elastin, vital for repairing and maintaining blood vessels.
Your genetics at play
Sometimes, no matter what you do to avoid varicose veins and all the care you take, you still end up with them at the end of pregnancy. This can be very disheartening but genetics are a large risk factor when it comes to vein diseases and problems. If you have a close family member with varicose veins, your chances increase dramatically and no matter what precautions you take, you will still end up with them.
That’s where we come in. All is not lost. Call our professional team at Alaska Vein Care today to talk about your options. There is hope in having beautiful, pain free legs and skin again and with all the advances in modern medicine and technology, this is a reality. At your consultation, we will perform a thorough exam and talk about treatment options for you. We look forward to helping you!