Varicose and Spider Veins During Pregnancy
I don’t know how you feel when you’re pregnant, but I am just not one of those women that feels wonderful and confident. Many women are described as “glowing,” and feel fit and comfortable in their skin when they’re pregnant. I would say I feel large, but my baby is in charge.
Varicose veins can appear on your legs and vulva.
With each pregnancy, I’ve been introduced to different aliments. With my oldest, I got eczema for the first time in my life. With my son, it was my hair – the texture changed completely and I had coarse, straw-like hair that I had to relearn how to style. And with my youngest, I got introduced to insulin. All of this, and the fact that I retain water like I’m preparing for a seven-year drought, make me wonder how some women walk around like they just stuffed a volleyball under their shirt and a baby popped out!
One thing I feel lucky to have avoided amidst my pregnancy trials is varicose and spider veins in my legs. Some women are genetically predisposed to varicose veins – mix in the lovely hormone cocktail of pregnancy and it’s a recipe for vein disaster! The hormone progesterone, which relaxes the muscles in your uterus so that it can expand and make room for baby, also causes the walls of your veins and arteries to relax a bit as well. This can cause them to bulge and create the web of veins that you can see as they expand toward the surface of the skin.
Unfortunately, the appearance of varicose veins isn’t the only concern. Some women report that they experience aches and circulation problems in their legs. Because the predisposition is somewhat genetic, women who suffer with varicose veins pre-pregnancy are likely to have the problem exacerbated during pregnancy. They also tend to worsen with each successive pregnancy.