New South Wales
Pregnancy can be a difficult time on the body, especially for the veins in the legs. Dr Roberts from Crows Nest Cosmetic & Vein Clinic is one of Australia’s most experienced Phlebologists. Here, he explains why varicose veins can develop during pregnancy and what you can do to prevent and treat them.
During pregnancy the blood volume increases due to the needs of the growing baby. However, the speed of the returning blood from the legs decreases or slows. This increases the pressure inside the leg veins causing them to dilate.
Varicose veins aren’t just limited to the legs. They can occur on the Vulva or as haemorrhoids. They can be small and unnoticeable or large and swollen. Large vulval varicose veins can be painful, swollen and very uncomfortable when sitting. The presence of vulval veins can also prevent natural child birth due to the risk of rupturing a vulval varicose vein when pushing the baby out of the birth canal.
Varicose veins are more likely to occur in pregnancy if other family members have them. Inheritance is the most common marker for varicose veins. During pregnancy increased weight compresses the pelvic and abdominal veins. Twin pregnancy and standing for long periods of time can put added stress on the veins.
All vein treatments at Crows Nest Cosmetic & Vein Clinic are non-surgical, require no time off work or time away from family, no stitches and no hospital stay! The vein treatments are a walk in-walk out procedure. If you could like a consultation with Dr Roberts, call the Crows Nest Cosmetic & Vein Clinic on 9906 1555. First consultation is covered by Medicare. Click here to go to the Crows Nest Cosmetic & Vein Clinic website.