Why are Spider Veins in Pregnancy so Common? What’s the Best Way to Treat them?

May 20, 2019

HARVARD TRAINED VEIN DOCTORS | VOTED #1 VEIN CENTER | SPIDER AND VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENT CENTER

Spider veins form during pregnancy due to a combination of hormonal changes, variation in your normal circulatory patterns and increased blood volume, or amount of blood in the body. You can prevent them by wearing compression stockings and remaining active. After pregnancy, there are many available treatment options.

The changes that occur during pregnancy are so rapid, and often unexpected, that they can catch a woman by surprise. Between the swollen feet, expanding belly, heightened sense of smell, extra hair growth, and sensitive stomach, a woman’s body completes a massive hormonal shift that prepares it to host a new life and deliver it safely into the world. One day you’re able to reach your legs for a quick shave, and the next you feel a foot jab your internal organs that makes it impossible to reach the same angle.

While many of these changes are temporary to keep your baby safe and healthy, they can provide unwanted side effects that you don’t want to keep after your pregnancy. One such side effect is spider veins and varicose veins, which can occur for the first time during pregnancy. Along with stretch marks, varicose veins in pregnancy and spider veins in pregnancy are some of the ways your body shows the stress that it has taken on during your 9 month journey. At the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center, we have developed a treatment program to address spider veins and eliminate both the discomfort and the visual aspect that can make these veins unappealing. First, we will walk you through what causes these spider veins, what natural treatments you can pursue, and when it’s time to call a vein expert.

Why Do Spider Veins Occur During Pregnancy?

As your uterus is rapidly expanding to host your growing baby, the blood flow in your body also increases. At the same time, your progesterone hormone increases, which relaxes the walls of your blood vessels. Veins are the vessels that have to return blood back to your heart. So, this means that the blood being pumped back up your legs has to fight against gravity, your increased weight, and weakened blood vessel walls.

Another natural cause that places pressure and increases spider veins in pregnancy is your uterus, which puts pressure on right side of your body, pressing on the major vein that returns blood to your heart. All of these factors combined cause valves, small one-way doors within veins designed to keep the blood from moving backwards, to bend. In turn, this traps the blood back in your veins. When you see the “spider web” formation on your skin, it is actually blood trapped from a faulty valve. While your body is preparing for the birth of your baby, it has also created the perfect conditions for the birth of spider veins.

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How to Naturally Treat Spider Veins

If you’re finding spider veins in pregnancy in places that you’ve never seen them before, you’re not alone. Not only have many other pregnant women encountered this issue, but it’s likely that someone else in your family has as well. Spider veins are partially hereditary, so you can give your mom a hug not only for going through the same pregnancy issues that you are, but also for the new “guests” that have appeared on your legs. If you’re looking to alleviate the appearance of spider veins, you can utilize the following tips:

  • Change your position if you feel that you’ve been sitting or standing for too long. A good idea is to set an alarm on your phone once an hour to make sure that you’re getting up and moving.
  • High heels always look spectacular, but you might want to retire them for the next few months. Elevated heels put increased pressure on your calves and ankles, which are already under a lot of stress. Stick to flats or kitten heels to reduce this unwanted pressure.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise! Consult with your vein doctor to see what programs are right for you, but keeping your body moving is great for your overall blood circulation.
  • Maternity support hosiery or compression stockings can provide additional pressure needed to keep your blood flowing in the right direction.
  • Reduce your sodium intake as much as possible. We know that salted, buttered popcorn sounds like a heavenly treat, but it will increase water retention, as well as decrease your veins’ ability to properly return blood due to swelling.
  • Not only does elevating your legs feel great, it’s also a super tip for improving circulation. Add this to your hourly “get up and move” routine to give your legs some relief.
  • Sleep on your left side, which will reduce pressure on your large abdominal veins.

When Should I Consult a Vein Expert?

Spider veins are not only a cosmetic problem, but they can also cause your legs to feel heavy, restless, and painful. Even if you follow all of the above tips, it still may not be enough to combat spider veins and varicose veins in pregnancy. If you are feeling self-conscious about your spider veins, or if they are becoming sore on a regular basis, it’s time to consult a vein doctor to discuss your options. If you have spider veins that persist or are painful after your pregnancy, know that multiple pregnancies can often exacerbate these pre-existing spider veins and make them worse. At the Spider and Varicse Vein Treatment Center, you will have a private consultation with one of our Harvard trained and Certified doctors;  they will develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs. Compression hose and elevation alone are often not enough to combat spider veins, and the experts at the Vein Center will help you feel great about your legs again.

Even though pregnancy re-shapes many parts of your life, it doesn’t have to re-shape how you feel about your legs. Reach out to the vein doctors at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center to see how we can help you eliminate spider vein pain in pregnancy. 

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

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. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
Read more >>

Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
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.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
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 >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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