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Do Varicose Veins Go Away After Pregnancy? Q&A with Experts from the Vein Treatment Clinic

January 24, 2019

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Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy – some more disruptive than others. Unfortunately, varicose veins are a common side effect as pregnancy progresses. Many women notice protruding veins in their legs, groin, and buttocks, and some experience spider veins, hemorrhoids, and/or vaginal varicose veins. Depending on the severity and location of the varicose veins, effects range from an unsightly inconvenience to a truly painful condition.

Pregnant women frequently ask, “Do varicose veins go away after pregnancy?” The good news is yes – they often improve or disappear altogether within six to twelve weeks after your baby is born. The bad news is that in some cases, a variety of factors prevent varicose veins from healing on their own after pregnancy. If you are experiencing discomfort and you aren’t noticing improvement after giving birth, a specialized vein doctor in New Jersey or vein doctor in New York can help.

 

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What Causes Varicose Veins?

Your circulatory system ensures that blood moves through your body efficiently, carrying oxygen and nutrients where they need to go, then removing waste and carbon dioxide. Arteries handle the job of delivering oxygenated blood to organs and tissues, and veins take the deoxygenated blood back to the heart.

Veins are already tasked with a difficult responsibility, because moving blood from the lower half of your body towards the heart means working against gravity. This job becomes more of a challenge during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, increased blood volume, and pressure on the veins from the baby’s weight.

A series of tiny one-way valves makes it possible for veins to transport blood effectively. The valves open to allow blood to pass through, then close to prevent it from flowing backwards. The changes in your body from pregnancy can put pressure on these valves, and in some cases they are damaged. Injury or vein disease such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) can also damage the valves.

When valves aren’t working properly, blood leaks through, and it pools in the lower part of your body. As more blood pools, pressure in your veins increases, weakening the walls of the blood vessels. At this point, the veins begin to swell, and if they are near the surface of your skin, you will start to notice the signature bulges of varicose veins. You may also see a web of thin red, purple, or blue veins just beneath the skin. These are referred to as spider veins.

If you develop varicose veins during pregnancy, and you are experiencing discomfort, see a vein doctor in NY or a vein doctor in NJ for help with managing your symptoms.

 

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Who is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Pregnant women are at higher risk for varicose veins, even if they have no other risk factors. However, some women are more likely than others to develop this condition. For example, genetics plays an important role in varicose veins. If your family has a history of vein issues, you are at greater risk of developing varicose veins and spider veins yourself. In addition, a variety of lifestyle factors contribute to the likelihood that you will develop varicose veins. Being overweight, smoking, and spending a lot of time sitting or standing can lead to this condition.

Can Varicose Veins During Pregnancy Be Prevented?

There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of varicose veins during pregnancy, and if you have already noticed swollen veins, you may be able to keep them from getting worse. Your vein specialist is likely to recommend the following do’s and don’ts:

  • Do make light exercise a priority, with your doctor’s approval. Walking can make a big difference for your circulation, which decreases the risk of varicose veins.
  • Do wear compression stockings for women. These are specially designed to support healthy circulation during pregnancy, which can reduce your risk of developing varicose veins or keep swelling from getting worse if you already have them.
  • Do elevate your feet and legs whenever possible, including while sitting. You can use a stool to rest your legs, which reduces some of the pressure on your blood vessels.
  • Don’t cross your legs or ankles while sitting, as this inhibits circulation.
  • Don’t sit or stand for extended periods. If you must spend a lot of time sitting or standing, take frequent breaks to move around, walk briskly, and/or elevate your legs.

Your vein doctor may have additional suggestions for reducing discomfort caused by varicose veins during pregnancy.

Do Varicose Veins Go Away After Pregnancy?

Of course, the big question is, “Do varicose veins go away after pregnancy?” As mentioned, for many women, they do. Within three months of giving birth, many notice varicose veins and spider veins improving or disappearing altogether. Unfortunately, some women discover that their condition does not improve on its own. This is most common for women who already had vein issues before pregnancy, those with a family history of varicose veins or vein disease, and those who have had multiple pregnancies. If you fall into this category, there are advanced, minimally invasive treatment options available.

How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

Today’s treatments for varicose veins are nothing like the invasive vein stripping surgery that was once popular. Instead, the procedure is completed on-site at your vein treatment center. Your vein specialist uses a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable, and then the unhealthy vein is permanently closed through a small incision in your skin. Usually, these cuts are so small that they don’t even require stitches.

Once the varicose vein is closed, blood is automatically rerouted through other, healthier veins. The tissue from the varicose vein is reabsorbed by your body, reducing and eventually eliminating any symptoms you have been experiencing.

There are a variety of options available to close unhealthy veins. These are the most common:

All of these procedures can be completed in an hour or less. Your vein doctor will recommend the best choice for your individual situation.

How Do I Choose a Vein Doctor?

If you are ready to get rid of varicose veins, a physician who specializes in vein disease is the best option. While doctors in other specialties, for example dermatologists and general practitioners, can offer basic assessments and superficial remedies for vein conditions, a vein specialist has the education and experience needed to diagnose any underlying issues contributing to your varicose veins.

The Board-Certified vein specialists at the Vein Treatment Clinic are experts when it comes to eliminating varicose veins. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (888) 827-7441

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At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

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Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Michael Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
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Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
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Caroline Novak MD

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Sareh Rajaee MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan. Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Todd Kobrinski MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Juan Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.

Read more >>

Billy Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.

Read more >>

Jasmine Koo MD

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>

Amanda Steinberger DM

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Steinberger has a great passion for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, which is demonstrated by her technical precision, unparalleled bedside manner, and extraordinary results. She is board certified in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Read more >>

Thomas Arnold MD

Pennsylvania University

Dr. Thomas Arnold has significant experience with thousands of procedures performed for spider and varicose vein removal. He is adept at ultrasound guided procedures and cutting-edge vein treatment methods for vein disease.

Read more >>

Kamran Saraf MD

Georgetown University

Dr. Kamran provides treatments to relief the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency; a condition commonly known for causing spider and varicose veins, leg heaviness, swelling and discomfort amongst other symptoms. Dr. Kamran is known as a top varicose vein specialist for his excellent outcomes and extraordinary patient care.

Read more >>

Walter Lech MD

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lech’s advanced technical skills are rivaled only by his empathetic, patient-centric approach to care. For the past several years, he has applied the same detail-oriented, compassionate treatment philosophy to patients suffering with chronic venous and lymphatic disorders.

Read more >>

Mitchell Karmel MD

Harvard Medical School
Dr. Karmel is triple board certified with extensive experience in vascular imaging. He completed a radiology residency at Cornell Hospitals, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Karmel completed a two-year fellowship in Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology at Harvard Medical School rotating though Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has vast experience in vascular procedures and is coauthor on several peer reviewed papers and presentations.
Read more >>

Zalekha Shair MD

New York Medical College
Dr. Zalekha Shair is a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience as a varicose vein and spider vein doctor. A long-island native, Dr. Shair completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook before completing a masters program and obtaining her Medical Degree at New York Medical College.
Read more >>
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