Varicose and Spider Veins During Pregnancy

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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. 

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Varicose and Spider Veins During Pregnancy

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  1. CarolPowers says:

    Venorid serum is great, its cooling and helps minimize my spider veins. It came on time and completely sealed. I recommend to anyone who has spider veins.

  2. Tyrie says:

    Ive always have spider veins and through this pregnancy they just show a lil more in certain areas. Whats really killing me is these stretch marks is there just no way to get rid of them if youve had them for so many years?

  3. Ivonne says:

    I have had spider veins since I was 11. I am now 33, and pregnant with my first child, I see that they are gradually getting worse.

  4. Nancy says:

    already had them from when i was a child, 2nd pregnancy and yeah they keep getting worse. compression stockings are a god sent, only thing that seems to help.

  5. Leah says:

    also my ob said compression socks were the only thing that was really available, although since I only have one in one spot, inner knee, I use an ace bandage and it helps some, I think, its hard to know if its helping though since there is no base line for comparison

  6. Leah says:

    I had one that got a little bad the first time and it hadn’t quite gone away when I got preg again and its so much worse already at 25 weeks, it hurts to.

  7. Schazaura says:

    Mine aren’t that bad… They just look like stretch marks that are on my legs. I really hope they don’t get this bad 🙁

  8. Karina says:

    Gaah, she looks like she got beat.

  9. maria raven says:

    no spider veins but awful streach marks!!

  10. Jessica says:

    I think I’m starting to get these on my upper thighs. I’ve been trying to make sure I do a good job of mixing up being active with sitting and relaxing with my feet up, and trying to drink water, but I am going to show my doctor at my next visit!

  11. Alanna says:

    This really scares me.

  12. tanya says:

    I never experienced that but my sister did. She said she felt like a monster. She also became allergic to the sun and lactose intolerant. I felt bad for her.

  13. priscilla says:

    Because of my age my ob doc sent me to a perinatal doc specializing in high risk pregs. He has put me on Lovenox. It is a low grade anti-clotting med for my varicose and spider veins. I am concerned and waiting on my regular ob doc to call me back. Has anyone else been on this and were there complications?

  14. gfeld says:

    This article did not go into detail enough about veins during pregnancy. It focused more on veins in the feet and did not even mention the woes of vaginal varicose veins. I suffer from both types of vein problems during pregnancy and with each pregnancy they are getting worse progressively. I use the v-brace for the vaginal varicose veins but they really are not too helpful. Wish there was a better product out there for those who are like me and are suffering from it. For the legs the compression tights or thigh highs work well.

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