Varicose Veins and Pregnancy: When Should They Be Treated?

Pregnancy is one of the contributing factors to vein disease. Other causes include genetics, weight gain, medications that contain estrogen or progesterone, and if you’ve had blood clots in the past.

If you should develop varicose veins during your pregnancy, please make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. David Calcagno and Dr. Rossi.

As you know, your body changes in many ways during pregnancy. Hormonal changes and an increase in blood volume allow your veins to enlarge and aggravate leg swelling.

For temporary relief, your OBGYN or “The Vein Docs” may recommend that:

  • You wear compression stockings to decrease pain and swelling.
  • You exercise daily by taking a walk to improve circulation.
  • You avoid standing or even sitting in one place for too long a time.
  • You elevate your feet and legs above your heart to promote circulation.

Treatment of your varicose veins (venous insufficiency / venous reflux) can begin after a diagnostic evaluation and usually after you deliver. To make an appointment for an evaluation, call 1-800-VEIN-DOC (1-800-834-6362). Or request your appointment online.