I have genetic varicose veins. I'm planning to get pregnant soon. What's the best way to treat them?

My husband and I want to start having babies. I don't know if I should treat them with laser/surgery now or if I should wait. What is the best way to treat them? Should I postpone my pregnancy until I treat them?

Answers from doctors (8)


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jan 24, 2017

Typically your veins will get worse during pregnancy as the hormones will cause the veins to dilate even more. If you can delay pregnancy and have them treated, you will be more comfortable in the pregnancy. However, I do recommend you wear thigh length compression hose of 20-30 mmHg pressure during the entire pregnancy. Increasing to 30-40 mmHg later in pregnancy (late 2nd early 3rd trimester) will decrease the pressure and reflux in any veins and slow down the process. Mostly the underlying condition is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and can create more issues even after the initial treatment.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Typically your veins will get worse during pregnancy as the hormones will cause the veins to dilate even more. If you can delay pregnancy and have them treated, you will be more comfortable in the pregnancy. However, I do recommend you wear thigh length compression hose of 20-30 mmHg pressure during the entire pregnancy. Increasing to 30-40 mmHg later in pregnancy (late 2nd early 3rd trimester) will decrease the pressure and reflux in any veins and slow down the process. Mostly the underlying condition is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and can create more issues even after the initial treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Jan 20, 2017

Some form of endovenous procedure is the best way to treat them, and I would suggest to treat them before you get pregnant.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Some form of endovenous procedure is the best way to treat them, and I would suggest to treat them before you get pregnant.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Wear compression stockings. If veins still become symptomatic, obtain a venous duplex ultrasound and discuss with a Vascular Surgeon. Options may include vein ablation or stab phlebectomy.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Wear compression stockings. If veins still become symptomatic, obtain a venous duplex ultrasound and discuss with a Vascular Surgeon. Options may include vein ablation or stab phlebectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Jan 14, 2017

Don't postpone your pregnancy. The treatment can wait. It is OK to get them treated before but it is fine to wait, honestly either way is OK, so just do what fits with your schedule and life best.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Don't postpone your pregnancy. The treatment can wait. It is OK to get them treated before but it is fine to wait, honestly either way is OK, so just do what fits with your schedule and life best.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Beverly Hills Vein Center

Published on Jan 13, 2017

The old recommendation was to wait. Today, the feeling is that if you do them now your pregnancies will be much more pleasant.

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Answered by Beverly Hills Vein Center

The old recommendation was to wait. Today, the feeling is that if you do them now your pregnancies will be much more pleasant.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


VEININNOVATIONS

Published on Jan 13, 2017

I would highly recommend having them treated prior to your pregnancy. Not only will this make for a more comfortable pregnancy (as they will most likely worsen during the pregnancy), but it can prevent new ones from developing during your during that time. You would not have to postpone your pregnancy very long in order to get treatment.

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Answered by VEININNOVATIONS

I would highly recommend having them treated prior to your pregnancy. Not only will this make for a more comfortable pregnancy (as they will most likely worsen during the pregnancy), but it can prevent new ones from developing during your during that time. You would not have to postpone your pregnancy very long in order to get treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Susan B Fox, D.O. RPVI, FSVM

Published on Jan 13, 2017

Your veins will worsen during pregnancy. If they are bothering you a great deal now, I usually recommend treating them now and then touching up after pregnancies as your symptoms will worsen. If your veins do not bother you that much now, wear compression hose and elevate your legs during pregnancy and hold off until after you have children.

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Answered by Susan B Fox, D.O. RPVI, FSVM

Your veins will worsen during pregnancy. If they are bothering you a great deal now, I usually recommend treating them now and then touching up after pregnancies as your symptoms will worsen. If your veins do not bother you that much now, wear compression hose and elevate your legs during pregnancy and hold off until after you have children.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Jan 13, 2017

I would recommend treating your varicose veins before your pregnancy since they can worsen both during and after pregnancy. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound. Usually, veins are treated by a closure procedure followed by removal through tiny incisions. This is an office-based procedure.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

I would recommend treating your varicose veins before your pregnancy since they can worsen both during and after pregnancy. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound. Usually, veins are treated by a closure procedure followed by removal through tiny incisions. This is an office-based procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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