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?
What causes them?
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?Although they may hurt and cause pain or itching, they are generally harmless during pregnancy.
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!
What can you do at home to relieve the pain?
- Exercise daily
- Wear loose clothing
- Avoid wearing high heels
- Elevate your legs
- Compression stockings
- Don’t cross your legs or ankles while sitting
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
Other treatment optionsTypically, varicose veins and spider veins disappear after birth, especially if you didn’t have these veins before you became pregnant.
Varicose veins tend to get better after birth, typically within 3-4 months. Sometimes it may take longer.