Vein support during pregnancy

Women often become aware of varicose veins during their first pregnancy. A number of factors contribute including; elevated hormone levels, increase in blood volume and reduced venous return due to pressure from he enlarging uterus on the inferior vena cava (the main conduit returning blood from the lower body to the heart).

Fortunately pregnancy associated varicose veins will often largely resolve within three months of the first delivery. With each successive pregnancy however further venous dysfunction is inevitable and additional abnormal veins are likely to develop that may not reduce much in size post-delivery.

At The Vein Clinic we offer a pregnancy vein assessment to diagnosis the nature of your venous dysfunction and help fully inform you of the location and extent of your abnormal veins. We can then advise of preventative and supportive measures to help relieve the symptoms and signs of vein dysfunction during pregnancy. We also are able to supply special maternity support stockings to reduce the symptoms of vein dysfunction so common in the last trimester.

Treatment during pregnancy is not advised but if you are planning a pregnancy, there is benefit in treating abnormal veins beforehand to reduce complications such as clotting, inflammation and further worsening of venous dysfunction during pregnancy.

  • University of Melbourne