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Why do women get veins during pregnancy?

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Why do women get veins during pregnancy? There are multiple reasons why veins start dilating during pregnancy. As the mother's uterus grows, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of her body (the inferior vena cava), which in turn increases the pressure in the leg veins. The amount of blood circulating in the mother's body increases during pregnancy, causing increased pressure in her veins. Levels of hormones, including progesterone, rise during pregnancy, causing the walls of her blood vessels to relax. Expectant mothers often engage in significantly less physical activity and exercise. The good news is that varicose veins tend to improve after you give birth, particularly if you did not have any before you got pregnant, and if they do not get better, there are a variety of nonsurgical ways to treat them. These include exercise, compression stockings and minimally invasive procedures, such as radio frequency and laser ablation that are performed as an outpatient.

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