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Pregnancy And Your Veins

Women are told to expect the numerous physiological changes during pregnancy, such as weight gain, ligament loosening, breast changes, and nausea.

What women aren’t often told is that each pregnancy comes with a greater risk for uncomfortable – and sometimes deadly – varicose veins. Here is what women can expect during pregnancy and what can be done to treat them.

Increased Vein Prominence

Increased overall blood volume in pregnancy causes the blood vessels and veins in the body to become more prominent. Lighter-skinned women often report an increase in visible blue or green-tinted veins across their chest, breasts, and arms. These veins may also stick out or become more bulged during pregnancy. These changes are normal and should disappear after pregnancy.

Increased Vein Pressure

Pregnant women between 18 and 31 weeks are most likely to report increased feelings of pressure, fullness, and discomfort in their groin, legs, and calves from varicose veins. This occurs because of the increased blood volume combined with the pressure of the placenta sitting on abdominal arteries. Women who have multiple pregnancies, who sit a lot, or who have a family history of venous complications are most likely to report vein issues.

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