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The news of pregnancy brings in a wave of joy in your life. However, pregnancy is also one of the most physically challenging periods for a woman. One of such concerns is the varicose veins which is not a very serious issue.
There are some steps that you can take to treat the varicose veins that you might have developed during pregnancy.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Often times you might have noticed that there are some spider web like occurrence below the surface of the skin. These are nothing but the veins that are swollen and are showing up under the skin.
• The veins tend to be bluish or purple in color. They appear in the legs, ankles or face.
• At times they may appear in the vulva or other places. Appearance of varicose veins in the rectal area is known as Hemorrhoids.
• The varicose veins do not cause any more of the discomfort most of the times.
• However, there might be instances of itchiness in the skin around the area where varicose veins are visible or your legs might tend to feel achy or heavy due to the varicose veins.
• Discomfort seems to be more prominent if you stand on your feet for long or are much visible towards the end of the day.
• Varicose veins onsets during pregnancy as the growth of the uterus applies additional pressure on the right side of the body. Henceforth, one of the large veins on the right side of the body named vena cava feels the extra pressure and this pressure trickles down to the veins in the legs.
• Varicose veins are more prominent in women than in men. It tends to gain more eminence with successive pregnancy, or if you are carrying twins or are overweight.
• In case there is a history of existence of varicose veins in the family then you might also have it.
• Veins are responsible for transporting blood from different parts of the body to the heart. Subsequently, the veins in the legs are working against the gravity to transport the blood. During pregnancy the veins are subjected to extra pressure as the blood in the body increases thereby, causing varicose veins.