Varicose veins are very common during pregnancy because the growing baby, the uterus and the placenta all contribute to the weight pressing down on the veins in the pelvis and also the pressure on large vein known as the inferior vena cava.
The inferior vena cava is located on the body’s right side and is responsible for circulating blood from the lower limbs and from most of the organs located in the tummy and pelvis area. When a lot of pressure is exerted on this main blood vessel this makes it difficult for the blood coming from the legs to make its way back to the heart.
When one is pregnant, they also have an increased amount of blood circulating round the body and also large amounts of the hormone progesterone which is the pregnancy hormone that relaxes the walls of the blood vessels. With all those factors combined, they contribute to the swelling of the veins in the legs. However, the swelling is bound to go down after the baby is born.
Do Vericose Veins Put Your Pregnancy At Risk?
Generally they can’t put your pregnancy at risk and they also cant cause serious problems during pregnancy as long as they don’t occur in the vagina area and the back passage. If they occur in the perineum which is also the back passage, the midwife will have to watch closely during the child bearing process and ensure that the back passage doesn’t tear while pushing the baby out of the birth canal. Tearing of the perineum usually causes severe bleeding which can even lead to death. So the midwife will instruct the mother to push slowly and maintain certain positions that will not exert more pressure in the area.
The skin where the varicose veins are is usually very thin and severe bleeding usually occurs when there is a forceful impact or a cut on it. The bleeding can be too much and might even require immediate medical attention to stop it.
Due to lack of oxygen, fresh blood and nutrients in the varicose veins area of the skin, waste products would normally build up and cause the skin to harden, cause eczema or ulcers. Seeking medical attention immediately one notices such signs is advised.
Deep vein thrombosis is one condition that some pregnant mothers with varicose veins can develop, however, this rarely happens and when it does, treatment can be done.
When Varicose Veins Don’t Disappear After Birth
When the varicose veins fail to disappear even after childbirth, simply get treatment. However, get treatment only after you have had your last baby because they tend to get worse with every pregnancy. With no more pregnancies, they can be successfully gotten rid of for good through treatments such as chemical injections, radiotherapy, surgery or laser treatment. It is advisable to get treated after childbirth as soon as you can.
Nothing To Worry About
When you are pregnant and have varicose veins just make sure you visit your doctor for checkups regularly and during childbirth have your midwife on standby to help you out especially if you have them in the vagina area or at the perineum. Otherwise they really can’t put your pregnancy at risk and you are always highly likely to have a successful birth.