Experiencing after pregnancy spider or varicose veins?
Information give us the power to decide!
The postpartum period can be a time of physical and emotional changes for new mothers. One of these changes is the appearance of varicose and spider veins, which can be uncomfortable and difficult to hide. In some cases, varicose and spider veins can also be accompanied by leg heaviness, leg pain, restless leg syndrome, and frequent leg cramps, symptoms of underlying chronic venous insufficiency. You must contact a vein doctor for diagnosis and treatment if you notice varicose and spider veins.
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves in the veins that allow blood to backflow and pool in the leg veins, resulting in their swollen appearance. Women have a high risk of vein problems during pregnancy because of hormonal changes and the added weight of the baby on the veins. Fortunately, our vein doctors offer personalized minimally invasive treatments for varicose and spider veins, including sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and ambulatory phlebectomy. Learn more about our vein treatments here.
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It is safe to get a vein treatment done while I am breastfeeding?
Okay, you have some spider veins…
How would you know you should get them treated after your pregnancy?
Your spider veins are painful, swollen or tender.
There is reddish discolouration of the skin around the spider veins.
There is bleeding from the spider veins.
The above may signal a deeper problem, like varicose veins, or chronic venous insufficiency. These conditions must be evaluated for severity by a board certified vein specialist.
During pregnancy, your vein doctor may have you fitted for compression hose/ compression stockings. These stockings will massage your legs and pump up the blood circulation, and will reduce your symptoms. The spider veins themselves will most probably disappear around three months after childbirth. If they don’t go away, you can consider visiting your vein doctor again.