Pregnancy (cont.)

Varicose veins

During pregnancy, you might have:

During pregnancy blood volume increases greatly. This can cause veins to enlarge. Plus, pressure on the large veins behind the uterus causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. For these reasons, varicose veins in the legs and anus (hemorrhoids) are more common in pregnancy.

Varicose veins look like swollen veins raised above the surface of the skin. They can be twisted or bulging and are dark purple or blue in color. They are found most often on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg.

What might help:

  • Sit with your legs and feet raised.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

SOURCE: The National Women's Health Information Center, National Institutes; last update 9/7/2010 of Health; "Body Changes and Discomforts," and "Stages of Pregnancy."


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2014

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