Fox Valley Vein Centers
Venous and Lymphatic Medicine located in Sandwich, Yorkville, and Plainfield, IL
If you’re one of the 40% of women who develop varicose veins during pregnancy, consider prenatal vein treatments. These measures can ease leg pain or swelling and prevent further complications. At Fox Valley Vein Centers, with three convenient locations in Sandwich, Yorkville, and Aurora, Illinois, vein specialist James Hawkins, DO, and the team specialize in prenatal vein treatments. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book a consultation online today.
Prenatal Vein Treatments Q&A
Does pregnancy increase my risk of varicose veins?
Yes. If you’re pregnant, your body creates more blood to support the growing baby. At the same time, pregnancy slows blood flow from your legs to your pelvis. This increases pressure on your veins. Additionally, your body produces more of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone causes your veins to become dilated or open.
Pregnancy can cause varicose veins to develop on your legs or vulva. This can trigger soreness or general discomfort, making it difficult to sit or stay stationary for an extended period of time. Pregnancy can also result in hemorrhoids, swollen or inflamed veins in your anus or lower rectum.
What are prenatal vein treatments?
Prenatal vein treatments are a group of safe, non-invasive procedures used to treat and minimize symptoms associated with varicose veins, vulva veins, and hemorrhoids.
During pregnancy, it’s unsafe to undergo traditional vein treatments like endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy. Prenatal vein treatments are outpatient procedures that won’t put you or your baby at risk.
What are some common prenatal vein treatments?
There are several types of prenatal vein treatment, including:
Elevating your legs
One of the easiest ways to lower your risk of vein problems during pregnancy is to elevate your legs. Raising your legs higher than your heart promotes circulation and prevents varicose veins from forming. You may even want to elevate your legs at night while you sleep.
Monitoring your weight
Getting pregnant causes you to gain weight quickly. Unfortunately, this process can trigger the formation of varicose veins. Limit your weight gain by eating a healthy diet and continuing to exercise throughout your pregnancy.
Using compression garments
Compression garments, like stockings and pantyhose, can improve your circulation and limit the formation of veins. There are also compression garments specifically designed for the vulva.
Eating a healthy diet
Constipation is a common side effect of pregnancy that can also lead to hemorrhoids. If you want to lower your risk, drink plenty of water throughout the day and eat a diet that’s high in fiber.
Am I a candidate for prenatal vein treatments?
Anyone who is pregnant is a candidate for prenatal vein treatments. Following a vein consultation and review of your medical history, your Fox Valley Vein Centers provider can develop a custom care plan.
To schedule a prenatal vein treatment appointment at Fox Valley Vein Centers, call the nearest office or book online today.
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