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Will my varicose veins go away after pregnancy?

This question was asked in Coppell, Texas and has 14 answer(s) as of 04/02/2013.
Will my varicose veins go away after pregnancy?


Doctors Answers (14)

Usually, a woman will develop more veins during her pregnancy that she had before becoming pregnant. It is because of the changes in the hormone levels, an increase in the volume of blood in the circulatory system, and the enlarging uterus putting pressure on the pelvic veins. Once the baby is delivered, the above changes will reverse. However, the extra damage done to these veins (ie. getting stretched out) usually won't completely become reversed. So, in the end once things settle down, there is a net increase in veins with each pregnancy.

Sometimes they do. It's worth waiting at least 3 months before considering treatment as veins often return to normal.

Most varicose veins improve after pregnancy. some go away after delivery , many will require treatment to make them go away.

Varicose veins often involute, or regress, after the first or second pregnancy. However, each person is unique, and many will continue to have varicose veins. The more pregnancies you have, the more likely the veins are to be permanent. It may take 6 weeks to 3 months for the veins to disappear after pregnancy.

It's possible; there is no way to predict this. It is very common for varicose veins to appear for the first time during pregnancy. In some patients they resolve but in most they progress or get worse over the years. Wear compression hose during and after pregnancy, this will help.

Varicose veins and associated spider veins may improve within 2 to 3 months after delivery. However, any underlying vein valve problems, probably do not resolve. Also, varicose veins will worsen with subsequent, multiple pregnancies, and would probably be less likely to go away.

Pregnancy will cause women to develop varicose veins if they are genetically susceptible. The varicose veins usually will improve considerably after delivery, but they do not completely resolve. With each subsequent pregnancy, the varicose veins get worse. It is a good idea to get significant varicose veins which remain after pregnancy treated since they will only grow worse with time.

Small varicose veins may spontaneously disappear quickly after pregnancy, especially after the first pregnancy. Large varicose veins will usually not improve much following the pregnancy and may need to be treated after the pregnancy. It is prudent to wait a period of time following the pregnancies to have the fluid retention, blood volume and hormones return to normal and to see if the varicose veins disappear. I suggest at least a 3 months wait following the pregnancy.

The short answer is no. Pregnancy may cause varicose veins or exacerbates existing ones. Once pregnancy is over, do not expect them to disappear or resolve spontaneously.

There is a chance that they will return to normal. Insurance will cover an in office evaluation and ultrasound. We will be happy to evaluate your condition and advise you.

They will likely get smaller, however if you have an underlying vein problem they will probably not go away completely. If your varicose veins are fed by a main superficial vein, such as the saphenous vein which is incompetent, then the veins will probably still be there somewhat.

In some cases they do. If you have a family history of varicose veins then they're more likely not to go away. In any case, you should consider compression hose during the pregnancy.

When you are pregnant , the doubling of your blood volume, the increase in the hormones, the size of your uterus etc... all contribute to the increase in size of the veins. Many of these will go away or improve after the pregnancy. You should see a vein doctor around 6 weeks after your pregnancy to determine if you need the veins treated.

Maybe, maybe not. It depends on how severe condition you have. If you have significant venous valvular reflux in the greater saphenous vein then the varicose veins may persist after pregnancy and require further therapy.

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