Being pregnant can be a wonderful time, but for many women, it also involves dealing with some unpleasant side effects. Along with morning sickness, backaches, and bowel problems, you might also develop varicose veins.
Varicose veins are common in pregnant women and can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, there are ways to relieve and treat them.
Find out everything you need to know about varicose veins during pregnancy here.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. They typically bulge near the surface of the skin. These veins are often red, blue, or purple and have a “squiggly” appearance.
For most people, varicose veins most commonly affect feet and leg veins. But for pregnant women, it is possible to also develop varicose veins on their buttocks, lower pelvic area, and rectum.
Many women develop varicose veins during pregnancy. They can also be hereditary. So, if your mother or grandmother had them during their pregnancy, then there is a chance you will too.
Varicose veins are generally not painful and maybe more of an aesthetic concern. However, for some people, varicose veins can cause discomfort. This is especially true for pregnant women.
Your varicose veins can become itchy, uncomfortable, and occasionally painful during pregnancy. While varicose veins aren’t usually a cause for concern, they can sometimes worsen and lead to more severe health conditions.