Do pregnancy-related varicose veins go away after the baby is born?

I’m 37 y/o and 32 weeks into my 3rd pregnancy. I have a varicose vein running from the top of my right thigh, down past my knee, and it seems to have leaked over my lower leg. The vein is purple and bulgy at the top, then blue and bulgy. There is a lot of dark purple discoloration between my knee and ankle. It is also itchy, tingly, and painful to touch. I’ve spoken to doctors and midwives who seem to pass it off as a varicose vein and said it should go away when the baby is born.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (2)


Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

We always recommend pregnant women wear compression stockings (they are not your granny's stockings) due to the increased risk of blood clotting during and immediately post-delivery.

Many times, after the first pregnancy, these may resolve (or not). But with subsequent pregnancies, they typically won't. Pregnancy can bring out a person's inherited family history of weak underlying valves, in addition to pregnancy hormones dilating veins.

If these don't resolve, we recommend a consultation with a vascular surgeon who specializes in treating these, including ultrasound. The procedures are minimally invasive with little downtime and are done in the office under local anesthetic.

We are not sure why OBs and midwives don't recommend compression hose. You will be more comfortable throughout the pregnancy and have less risk of clotting.

Published on Feb 06, 2019

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

We always recommend pregnant women wear compression stockings (they are not your granny's stockings) due to the increased risk of blood clotting during and immediately post-delivery.

Many times, after the first pregnancy, these may resolve (or not). But with subsequent pregnancies, they typically won't. Pregnancy can bring out a person's inherited family history of weak underlying valves, in addition to pregnancy hormones dilating veins.

If these don't resolve, we recommend a consultation with a vascular surgeon who specializes in treating these, including ultrasound. The procedures are minimally invasive with little downtime and are done in the office under local anesthetic.

We are not sure why OBs and midwives don't recommend compression hose. You will be more comfortable throughout the pregnancy and have less risk of clotting.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Varicose veins are the result of malfunctioning saphenous vein valves, which have been stretched during pregnancy. Post-pregnancy, the valves will be less stretched and the veins MAY shrink. But it has been my experience that small varicose veins may resolve but, more commonly, varicose veins tend to remain and just be a little smaller. Wait 2 to 3 months after you deliver and then see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

Published on Feb 06, 2019

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Varicose veins are the result of malfunctioning saphenous vein valves, which have been stretched during pregnancy. Post-pregnancy, the valves will be less stretched and the veins MAY shrink. But it has been my experience that small varicose veins may resolve but, more commonly, varicose veins tend to remain and just be a little smaller. Wait 2 to 3 months after you deliver and then see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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