During pregnancy, the body undergoes many changes. Some of these affect the vascular system, causing varicose veins to appear. These can cause stress and discomfort for pregnant women already adjusting to so many other changes in their bodies. When are these bulging, dilated veins a cause for concern, and when will they go away harmlessly on their own?

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What are Varicose Veins?

When the blood in the lower body has trouble returning to regular circulation, varicose veins can develop. These bulging veins have weakened walls and have lost the integrity of the valves that usually keep blood from pooling. Varicose veins may show on the surface or may hide deeper inside. A complete examination will reveal any unseen varicose veins. 

What Causes Varicose Veins During Pregnancy?

Throughout pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases, putting extra pressure on the veins.  Additionally, pregnancy-related hormonal changes and fluctuations can also lead to the development of varicose veins, mostly in the legs, but sometimes, also, in the buttocks or vaginal area. Also, the growing weight of the uterus compresses the pelvic veins and the vena cava (the vein that carries blood from the legs and feet to the heart), further contributing to the development of varicose veins.

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When to Worry about Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Most women will not experience any major problems with their varicose veins during pregnancy. Generally, varicose veins that arise during pregnancy will go away on their own after delivery, as the body returns to normal, reducing the blood flow and vein pressure. With the cause removed, most pregnancy-related varicose veins return to normal within a few months. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

If your varicose veins persist post-delivery, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Cutchen at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute. We recommend waiting at least three months post-delivery to allow for natural changes to your vascular system before assessing you. If your varicose veins continue to bother you and do not resolve on their own, you may need treatment to correct them. 

Treatment options can provide relief from symptomatic varicose veins and help prevent them from returning.  Women who develop varicose veins while pregnant are higher risk for developing them again during subsequent pregnancies. 

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Take the Next Step

If you are worried about your pregnancy-related varicose veins, please call our  trusted vein specialists at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN or complete the form on this page, and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly.

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas, and other areas throughout New Mexico.

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