Varicose veins are bluish and sometimes blotchy veins that become visible through the skin. They most commonly appear in the legs. It is possible that the varicose veins may become uncomfortable and even cause aching legs.
What causes varicose veins during pregnancy?
Varicose veins are caused by the circulatory changes that are designed to support your developing baby. Your blood vessels become larger to accommodate the increase of blood volume and circulation.
When do varicose veins occur during pregnancy?
Varicose veins typically occur in the second half of pregnancy when the blood volume and circulation are at their greater levels. Varicose veins typically occur in your legs and around your vaginal area. Varicose veins may also develop in your rectum area; these varicose veins are more commonly referred to as hemorrhoids.
How frequently do varicose veins occur?
The good news is that varicose veins are less common that many of the other symptoms of pregnancy. Approximately 20% of all pregnant women will experience varicose veins in some fashion.
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