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Kerrville TX doctor explains the link between pregnancy and varicose vein disease
Pregnancy may be one of the most exciting times of a woman’s life, but it often brings unpleasant medical side effects. Along with morning sickness and back pain, many women find themselves suddenly afflicted with new or worsening varicose or spider veins. Sometimes they fade away after the lactation period (breastfeeding) is over, but it is not always that simple:
Researchers have spent decades studying the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy. They have identified five factors that trigger the development or exacerbation of vein disease:
If you have problems with varicose and spider veins, it may advisable to see a vein specialist such as Dr. Martin Franklin of Vein Associates of Texas. Because pregnancy aggravates existing diseased veins, advance treatment can dramatically decrease your problems.
Wearing graduated compression stockings during pregnancy can be helpful. Additionally, remember the importance of sufficient exercise. If possible, try to break up extended periods of sitting or standing. Be sure to follow your obstetrician’s instructions regarding physical activity, and consult with him or her before making changes to your exercise routine.
Varicose or spider veins that do not go away after pregnancy can be treated with a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as sclerotherapy. Call 830-428- 0429 (Kerrville office), 210-764- 4608 (San Antonio office), or 877-581- 9265 (toll free) and schedule an appointment with Dr. Franklin at Vein Associates of Texas to learn more about your options.
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