5 ways to deal with varicose veins
Varicose veins can occur when your body changes during pregnancy but what can be done to treat them?
There are many changes to your body during pregnancy and it’s the combined effects of increases in hormone levels and blood volume, along with pressure from the baby in the womb, that make this a time when women may develop varicose veins for the first time. Varicose veins don’t always need treatment but if they are causing pain or discomfort here’s what to do.
1. Wear compression socks while pregnant
Treating varicose veins while you’re still pregnant is not recommended, but if they’re painful then wearing compression stockings during the day will help with the symptoms.
2. Get treatment as soon as possible after giving birth
After giving birth you’ll probably find that the veins will improve in appearance, but if you don’t have them treated they will still worsen with time. ‘Seek treatment as early as possible,’ says Simon Hobbs, consultant vascular surgeon at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton. ‘As this means they’ll require a less extensive procedure, producing better long-term results.’
3. Make an appointment to see your GP
There are a number of options for treating varicose veins. Your GP will advise on the next steps. A vascular specialist (a doctor who specialises in veins) will be able to advise you about the most suitable form of treatment for you.
4. Look for walk-in, walkout treatments
‘Newer surgical techniques mean varicose veins can now be treated under local anaesthetic as a walk-in, walk-out procedure with quick recovery, allowing you to dedicate your time to the new addition to your family,’ says Simon.
5. Don’t wait to have treatment until after another pregnancy
There is no benefit to delaying treatment until after you have completed your family. ‘If you have another child your veins may become more extensive and more challenging to treat with the next pregnancy,’ says Simon.