Varicose veins often appear during a first pregnancy and become more severe with subsequent pregnancies.
Here are a couple contributing factors.
- The enlarged uterus may compress the abdominal and pelvic veins know as the inferior vena cava and the common iliac veins, respectively.
- Even before the uterus begins to enlarge significantly, hormonal factors cause the veins to become more compliant. Together with the increased venous pressure that occurs later in pregnancy, these factors cause significant venous distension and exaggerate the factors that predispose the patient to vein dysfunction.
Dr. Franciosa and Dr. Ahmad, at Vein Nevada, treat patients throughout Northern Nevada and Las Vegas for varicose veins, leg pain, achy legs, restless legs and chronic venous insufficiency. Vein Nevada includes offices in Reno, Carson City and Henderson, NV.