June 2017

Pregnancy & Varicose Veins

Ask the Expert: Does Pregnancy Cause Varicose and Spider Veins?

Many women first develop varicose veins – or find that they get worse – during pregnancy. As your uterus grows, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body (the inferior vena cava), which in turn increases pressure in the leg veins. Veins are the blood vessels that return blood from your extremities to your heart, so the blood in your leg veins is working against...