What type of veins develop during pregnancy?
The most common types of veins women can develop during pregnancy are spider veins and varicose veins.
What are the differences?
Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that bulge near the surface of the skin. They usually look like squiggly lines and are most likely show up in your legs. Although less common, they can appear on your ankles, feet, and even vulva.
Spider veins are small red or bluish veins that are typically on the legs but can appear on the face or elsewhere. They resemble a branch or have spider web pattern.
What causes them?
An increase in the amount of blood the blood vessels need to pump from the extremities to the heart causing a burden on the veins. This can cause the blood to pool in one area if the veins are not pumping the blood fast enough.
Spider and varicose veins can develop due to hereditary factors. If one of both of your parents has these veins, it’s likely that you will develop them, especially during pregnancy.
Are there any symptoms other than appearance?
- Swelling of the feet and ankles
- Calf pain
- Burning feeling in the legs
- Sores or easy bleeding
- Changes in the color of the skin
- Scaling or inflammation of your skin
- Swelling in legs, not just ankles, and feet
- Burning in your legs
- Itchy skin over the top of the vein
Are they serious?
Can I prevent them?
There are steps you can take to help prevent varicose and spider veins during your pregnancy.
- Watch your weight
- Sleep on your left side
- Don’t strain while using the restroom
- Take your daily vitamins!
Other treatment options
Will they go away after the baby is born?
Varicose veins tend to get better after birth, typically within 3-4 months. Sometimes it may take longer.
What options to do to minimize varicose veins?
Do exercises daily. This includes a fast walk around the neighborhood, anything helps.
Are varicose veins serious?
Generally, they are not serious but only a temporary annoyance. They can cause itching or dull pain and be undesirable in the aesthetics but livable. For women with circulation issues, they can lead to more serious conditions over time causing swelling, changes in the skin and sores that don’t heal well or at all. You should see a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.