As unpleasant as they are, varicose veins are an all too common problem for pregnant women. And according to a recent Hive Health Media article, there are two main reasons behind the issue: hormones and the pressure of a heavy uterus.
Specifically, the article states:
“As a pregnancy advances, the body needs to produce hormones that make tissues and ligaments relax, so that, later on, the baby can pass through the birth canal. These hormones also affect leg veins – they cause the vein wall muscles to unwind. This makes the vein naturally expand, which augments the risk of them becoming varicose.
“In the later stages of pregnancy, the uterus’ size enlarges. Consequently, the heavier uterus tends to push on the veins in the pelvis and limit the blood flow from the legs. This escalates the pressure on the leg veins and aggravates any failing valves.”
Fascinating as it is, it’s also a fairly serious concern for pregnant women. Aside from being unsightly and uncomfortable, varicose veins can lead to more severe problems, including phlebitis and skin damage.
While it’s not advised for women to have their varicose veins surgically treated during pregnancy (it can put the baby at risk), expectant mothers should not ignore their varicose veins – which is where compression tights enter the scene.
Compression tights can ease the discomfort and swelling of varicose veins, and might help prevent future problems.
If you suffer from varicose veins, check out these great choices for compression tights, and feel some relief, ladies!
Source: Hive Health Media
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