Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Are you expecting? Congratulations! Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in your life. Though as you await the arrival of your bundle of joy you may be experiencing some less than joyful symptoms. Just like morning sickness and swelling feet, varicose veins can be caused by pregnancy. If you are experiencing issues with varicose veins or simply want to stay on top of your symptoms, you’re in the right place.

In this article we will discuss what varicose veins are, how they are caused and what you can do to prevent or treat them during pregnancy. You don’t need to be afraid of varicose veins, get all you need to know to prevent and treat varicose veins here.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that are damaged and no longer working to effectively return blood back to the heart. The inability to return blood results in blood pooling in the vein. This in turn causes the veins to twist and bulge resulting in the highly visible veins that sometimes protrude from the skin.

Though varicose veins can be unsightly they are most often not dangerous. Many people will report that varicose veins cause them discomfort or swelling and a visible appearance on their legs. In cases of severe varicose veins some people may experience negative symptoms including bleeding, leg ulcers or even deep vein thrombosis. In our previous article “Are Varicose Veins Dangerous” we detail what you should know about possible symptoms of varicose veins.

How Are They Caused?

Varicose veins occur when the veins in the leg are damaged. This is the result of excessive pressure on the veins. Unlike spider veins varicose veins are not the result of short-term excessive pressure (like pushing during labour) but instead develop over time.

Varicose veins are not caused by only one thing alone. There are many factors that can contribute to the development of varicose veins, being pregnant is one of them. But being pregnant does not mean that you will certainly develop varicose veins. Genetics and lifestyle may affect the development of varicose veins. Always consider the bigger picture when considering if you are at risk of developing varicose veins.

How Can I Prevent Them?

There is no definitive way to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy. Genetics and lifestyle play a role in varicose vein development and being pregnant adds an additional risk factor. Being overweight or spending too much time on your feet can also contribute to their development.

In order to help prevent varicose veins during pregnancy you could consider the following;

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle – you shouldn’t try to lose weight during pregnancy but by eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you may be able to reduce your risk of developing varicose veins.
  • Wear compression stockings – compression stocking can help aid the body to return blood to the heart. By giving your body a boost in this process you may be able to either help prevent varicose veins or alive discomfort from varicose veins in pregnancy.

Will They Go Away After Pregnancy?

If you develop varicose veins in pregnancy you may or may not have them disappear after. Depending on the severity of the damage to your veins they may stick around. There is no telling ahead of time how your body will react to pregnancy. Try to remember that these veins are a small part of bringing your beautiful baby into the world. But if your veins don’t go away and you would rather they not be present, there are treatments such as laser vein removal available.

How Can I Get Rid of Them?

Many people do not love the appearance of varicose veins. Others find that their varicose veins cause them discomfort or pain. Regardless of which category you fall under, there are solutions to help rid you of your varicose veins. The type of procedure you choose will depend on the severity of your veins. Options for varicose vein removal include;

  • Laser vein removal
  • Sclerotherapy
  • High ligation and vein stripping
  • Endoscopic vein surgery

See our previous article “How to Get Rid of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins” for more information on these procedures.

Get Help Today

At our Body Clinic we treat patients looking to look and feel their best. If you have concerns about your varicose veins or would like to learn more about laser vein removal, get in touch. We have the skills and knowledge to assist you in choosing the right procedure for you. There is no need to suffer through painful and visible varicose veins alone. We can help you get results to alleviate your varicose vein symptoms.

How to Hide Bulging Varicose Veins

If you suffer from varicose veins you are no doubt familiar with the highly visible bulging veins that can come along with the condition. Though some people are not bothered by the appearance of varicose veins others wish that they were not present. It can be difficult to figure out the best way to hide bulging varicose veins but there are some options available to you. In this article we will give you tips on how to hide your bulging varicose veins to help you feel your best.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the result of damaged veins that have lost the ability to efficiently send blood back to the heart. The damage causes blood to pool in the vein which then leads to visible and often twisted veins. Varicose veins most commonly occur in the feet. Your likelihood of developing varicose veins depends on many factors including genetics and lifestyle.

In our previous article “Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?” we discussed the variety of negative symptoms that can be associated with varicose veins. Though it is important to be aware of negative symptoms many people will simply find that varicose veins are a nuisance. Though there may be no medical need, many people wish their varicose veins were not visible. Covering or removing varicose veins are both good options for minimizing their appearance.

Our Best Tips

Though they are generally not dangerous, bulging varicose veins can be a challenge to hide. Varicose veins can commonly be covered by clothing. Though in some cases, such as tight and light-coloured clothing like leggings, the bulging veins can be seen through clothes. Other times people wish to wear clothes that will expose the affected area but want to lessen the appearance of veins. Below are our best tips for hiding your veins;

Consider Dark Colours – bulging varicose veins can sometimes be seen through light colours. This becomes amplified when the clothing is also tight, like wearing leggings or tights. If this has happened to you and you would rather not have your veins be visible, consider wearing darker clothing. Black leggings should help you to lessen the visibility of bulging veins.

Wear Looser Fitting Clothes – wearing clothes that are not tight to your legs may also help to disguise bulging varicose veins. Clothing that covers the veins will allow you to not have to worry about how they look. Consider using a cover at the beach to help you feel comfortable and confident if your veins are bothersome to you.

Wear compression stockings – compression stockings may help you to hide your varicose veins while also giving you the benefit of relieving discomfort. Compression stockings can be worn under clothing or be used as part of an outfit. They are a great option for someone who wished to both treat their discomfort and provide coverage for the appearance of their veins.

Use Makeup – Try using makeup to hide the appearance of veins. Though this will be more effective to reduce the colour of veins it will also help to blend the bulging veins into your natural skin tone. Consider reaching out to a makeup artist for a recommendation that will work for your skin.

Compression Stockings For Varicose Veins

What If I Still Don’t Feel Comfortable?

Though covering your varicose veins can help you to feel more confident immediately, some people feel that coverage isn’t enough. If you are finding that you would rather have the appearance of your varicose veins removed rather than covered, you may with to obtain treatment. In our previous article “How To Get Rid of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins” we went in-depth into the many ways you can remove varicose veins. Some common forms of varicose vein removal include;

  • Laser Vein Removal – uses lasers to close off veins which then disappear.
  • Sclerotherapy – uses foam injected into the vein to close off the vein.
  • High Ligation and Vein Stripping – involves surgically removing the affected vein.

You don’t have to feel badly about your varicose veins. They are common and affect many people. Some people develop varicose veins due to pregnancy. While others from too much time on their feet or other genetic factors. Regardless of how you obtained your varicose veins, you don’t have to feel like they are something to hide.

If you feel that covering your varicose veins would make you feel happier or more confident there are a variety of options available to you. If you instead feel that you would prefer your veins removed, get in touch. The experts at NewDermaMed’s Body Clinic are here to help you look and feel your best.

How To Get Rid of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

If you have visible veins on your body, you may have felt the desire to get rid of them. Many people feel that the veins they see on their legs or other parts of their body are unsightly and believe that they would be more confident if they were gone. Both varicose veins and spider veins can affect how a person feels about their body. In some cases, varicose veins may even cause pain. Though there is no quick fix to removing these veins there are procedures available to help remove and reduce the appearance of veins. In this article we will outline the difference between spider and varicose veins, how they can be removed and what steps you can take to prevent them. Continue reading “How To Get Rid of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins”