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Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the biggest causes of varicose veins. Learn how they affect your health and how you should treat them.
Does pregnancy cause varicose veins?

  • Yes, pregnancy is one of the main factors contributing to varicose vein because of increased blood flow throughout your body and more stress on your legs because of weight gain. Other factors include heredity and medications containing estrogen or progesterone.
  • If we determine that you have vein disease, we can schedule an upcoming appointment to perform a quick, in-office, minimally invasive procedure that can have your legs looking healthy and beautiful, with little or no downtime.

How do varicose veins affect your health during and after pregnancy?
  • Varicose veins can cause a wide range of symptoms, including tiredness, fatigue, a feeling of heavy legs, aching or throbbing veins, itching, burning, and/or swelling. These symptoms typically get worse at the end of the day but get better with rest or by elevating your legs.

Should a woman finish having children to get her diseased veins treated?
  • No. Delaying treatment is similar to telling people with high blood pressure or diabetes to wait to treat their chronic disease. Treating damaged veins can help future pregnancies to be more bearable and slow down the progress of vein disease. At Vein Institute of Utah, we recommend vein treatment at its earliest stages… whether you're pregnant or not.

When should someone consider varicose vein treatments?
  • There are two reasons to pursue treatment for varicose veins. First, if you are experiencing painful symptoms as a result of your vein disease, then a minimally invasive treatment can effectively eliminate those symptoms.
  • Second, even if you are not currently experiencing physical problems as a result of your varicose veins, treatment can eliminate unsightly lines on your legs that make you feel self-conscious.
Winter is the perfect time to schedule an office visit. With the cold weather, you're wearing long pants, so you don't have to be embarrassed about showing off your legs now. With proper treatment, your legs can be healthy when the warmer weather comes.

What should someone do if they think he or she has varicose or spider veins?
They can visit our Sandy, Utah office for a free vein screening on Thursday, March 6th from 10 am to 7 pm.

Vein Institute of Utah
Thursday, March 6th, 10 am to 7 pm
909 E. 9400 South, Suite C, Sandy
(801) 285-0340
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