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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spider Veins During Pregnancy: What Can Be Done?

Spider veins during pregnancy can be a rather painful condition that seems to worsen as you approach term.  Fortunately, these small surface thread veins are not usually a cause of serious medical problems, though the symptoms of aching, stinging and pain may be disconcerting.

The hormones of pregnancy (estrogen and progesterone) cause the previously painless veins to become a source of discomfort. These hormones, which allow your body to accommodate the baby, also work on the veins, leading them to enlarge and become more diffuse.  

What can be done to treat the veins during pregnancy?  We do not advise intervention for spider veins during pregnancy, as there is an unknown potential risk to the fetus of any injected medication. Your best option during pregnancy is to use medical-grade support hose to the knee, thigh or waist, depending on the location of the spider veins. These garments give added compression to the small veins, reducing the discomfort.

Once you deliver the baby, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop quickly, and many of these painful veins will recede. However, they rarely disappear completely, and the postpartum period is the perfect time to address spider veins.

Sclerotherapy is the most effective and least painful way to rid your legs of these unattractive spider veins. The medications we use are highly effective and nearly painless. You should not wait until you're done having children. In fact, it is ideal to treat spider veins between pregnancies, so that succeeding pregnancies do not lead to the same or a worsening condition.

The vascular surgeons and nurses at Capitol Vein & Laser have many years of experience treating varicose veins and spider veins, and are always available to answer your questions.


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