Nurturing Your Veins During Pregnancy – Infographic

Nurturing Your Veins During Pregnancy – Infographic

A pregnant woman’s body undergoes many changes — some of which are obvious and well-known, while others are fairly obscure. For instance, did you know that some of the effects of pregnancy on the body can result in vein disease? Increased blood volume, extra hormones, and the pressure of the growing baby combine to increase the likelihood of developing vein disease.

The accompanying infographic, Baby Strains on Your Veins, discusses the four types of vein disease that commonly occur in women who are pregnant. These are venous insufficiency, varicose and spider veins, as well as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Most vein issues appear in the legs and some (but not all) may subside after birth.

Even if you think you have a type of vein disease that will recede, it’s important to contact a vein specialist if you observe signs of vein disease such as: leg pain, cramping, heaviness, fatigue, restlessness at night, itching, burning, or having difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time. While vein treatments are typically performed only postpartum, your condition should be closely monitored throughout your pregnancy, as vein disease can become serious.

If you develop vein disease while pregnant, what should you do? In addition to informing your obstetrician, there are some things you can do before scheduling and obtaining medical treatment. The infographic provides simple tips to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy-related vein disease. Following these pregnancy-safe suggestions can help reduce your symptoms and may even help prevent the problem from getting worse. Take good care of yourself now — you won’t have much time to nurture yourself later!


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Cynthia Tait

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