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Varicose Veins During Pregnancy - Prevention is KEY says Dr. Karamanoukian of Vein Treatment Center 716-839-3638
Friday, May 24, 2013


Family history is a significant risk factor for developing varicose veins during pregnancy.  An enlarging uterus is also a risk factor for developing varicose veins during pregnancy. Untreated venous insufficiency also places you at significant risk to develop varicose veins and leg swelling during pregnancy.


You certainly can't do anything about your family history or the fact that your uterus enlarges with ech trimester, impeding blood return from the lower extremities, there are certain things you can do to reduce your risk of developing varicose veins. Here are some things you can do:


  1. elevate your legs as much as you can
  2. wear compression stockings
  3. walk daily and regularly


A general rule is that if you develop thrombophlebitis or clots in your varicose veins during pregnancy you should go to the emergency room and insist on getting a venous Doppler scan and seek urgent medical consultation from a vein specialist (phlebologist) or vascular surgeon.


If the varicose veins do not go away 4 months after delivery, treatment for the varicose veins is recommended. Treatment must occur only after you stop breastfeeding.


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