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Ways to Prevent & Treat Varicose Veins after Pregnancy

By August 1, 2023January 4th, 2024Vein

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy: Do They Typically Go Away On Their Own?

Pregnant woman can develop varicose veins, but there are steps you can take to prevent & treat them.

Do varicose veins go away after pregnancy? 

Varicose veins are veins that have become damaged and provide poor circulation to the rest of the body. They usually look very twisty and bulge out from underneath the surface of the skin. During pregnancy, many people develop this condition. It could be due to pressure placed on veins from the uterus or from the added weight. About 40% of women develop varicose veins during their pregnancy. 

Can varicose veins go away after you’ve given birth?

In short, yes, varicose veins can go away after you’ve given birth. In cases when varicose veins develop during pregnancy, they’re likely to fade with time after birth. However, this isn’t guaranteed in every case.  

How long does it take for varicose veins to go away after pregnancy?

It can take anywhere from three to four months for varicose veins to go away after pregnancy. There are a few things you can do to potentially speed up this process. However, in some cases, the veins will continue to remain visible on the legs and symptoms may persist. In the event that varicose veins do not go away on their own several months after the pregnancy, it may be a good idea to schedule a visit with a varicose vein specialist. 

What can speed up the process?

  • Wearing compression socks — Many specialists and primary care providers will prescribe compression stockings or tights to those with varicose veins. Compression stockings don’t function so much to make the veins go away during the pregnancy, but more so to prevent unnecessary pain and to prevent blood from pooling in the feet and legs. 
  • Wearing loose clothing — Wearing loose clothing around your body (other than your compression socks) is a good way to prevent the restriction of blood flow through the veins in your body. Tight clothing can lead to the development or worsening of varicose veins. 
  • Exercising — Another great thing you can do for your varicose veins is to incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine. This could be as simple as taking a walk down the street every evening. Regular exercise helps keep the blood circulating throughout your body and reduces the pressure placed on your damaged veins. 

Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your varicose vein treatments

You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.  

Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:  

  • Reduce your symptoms. 
  • Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.  
  • Increase your overall quality of life.  

Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment.