Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can affect some women during pregnancy as the baby grows and puts pressure on the uterus. Find out what causes varicose veins and what to do here.

What causes varicose veins in pregnancy?

Pregnancy Skin Problems: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

What you may be experiencing: One of the most dreaded side effects of pregnancy, varicose veins do not strike every woman. These bluish, reddish, or purplish lines or bulges under the skin tend to run in families. They can occur at any time in a person's life, but tend to crop up during pregnancy when the weight of the uterus puts greater pressure on the veins in your lower body. They most often pop up on the legs. When they occur in or around the rectum, they're called hemorrhoids. You may not feel varicose veins at all, or they may be sore or itchy. You may not like the way they look but, in most cases, they aren't a health problem, and they generally diminish a bit after delivery, though they probably won't disappear.

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