Varicose and spider veins often develop during pregnancy, usually becoming more prominent and bothersome during second and subsequent pregnancies. Veins will frequently develop during the early stages of pregnancy, when the physiological changes of increased female hormones, as well as increases in blood volume, may make the leg vein valves prone to failure.
The good news is that in the first 3-6 months following delivery of your baby, many varicose and unsightly surface veins will shrink and or disappear. For this reason it is wise to wait for some time before having any veins treated.
Varicose Veins can be treated either prior to pregnancy, or following the cessation of breastfeeding. It is not usually recommended to have veins treated during pregnancy, although the use of compression stockings and pantyhose will often alleviate symptoms of aching and swelling.
If you are suffering from varicose veins during your pregnancy, Dr McMaster offers a pregnancy consultation service where he will assess your veins, complete an ultrasound examination of your legs and advise you on the use of compression garments to make your veins more manageable during this time. Also an appropriate follow up time can be planned to have your veins treated if they are continuing to cause problems following delivery of your baby.