Varicose veins sure look unshapely, but it’s the health risks they represent that causes future mothers much worrying. It’s good to know that there are possibilities for treating pregnancy veins in Los Angeles; however, when it comes to varicose and spider veins that appear during pregnancy, it is advised that no removal procedures are considered before the delivery. Still, if you have already noticed varicose veins forming on your legs, there are measures you can take minimize potential health risks, specially varicose veins blood clot risk.
How can a blood clot form inside a varicose vein?
The appearance of enlarged, twisted, often painful veins is the result of a disrupted blood flow within the blood vessels. As vessel valves get weaker (along with vessel walls too), blood flow becomes irregular, causing the vein to swell and form blood-collecting spots. It is in these spots that blood clot can form, potentially causing many other complications, such as superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) and, in more difficult cases, deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
How to recognize the increased varicose veins blood clot risk
Unlike SVT, DVT is a condition that should not be taken lightly. This is why it is important to recognize the potential blood clot as soon as possible, and these are some of the symptoms that might be suggesting its formation:
1. The vein is tender or painful to the touch;
- The area around the vein is unusually warm;
- The vein is unusually swollen;
- The skin around the vein is red or discolored.
If you happen to notice any of these symptoms, contact a vein specialist at once. After examination, they will suggest the best course of action
What you can do to reduce varicose veins blood clot risk
A proper lifestyle and care should help you keep your varicose veins under control until the delivery. To minimize the discomfort of swollen veins, as well as varicose veins blood clot risk, consider the following:
- Try your best to stay active, rather than being static. Take walking breaks to shorten the periods when you need to be sitting, and if you must stand, let it be for just a short while. While standing, transfer your weight from one foot to another in one or two-minute intervals.
- Eat healthily and make sure to drink a lot of water during the day. One more important tip – be careful when it comes to salt. Use it only moderately, to avoid causing additional swelling and increased blood pressure.
- Lift your legs whenever you can, to help normalize the disrupted blood flow.
- Help your body avoid the vein crisis by regularly taking prescribed vitamins (especially vitamin C), and eating fiber-based foods.
Consult an experienced LA-based vein specialist to find out more about varicose veins blood clot risk and swollen veins removal procedures
It’s perfectly natural for a mother-to-be to want to stay healthy and active, both for herself, and for her new baby. Visiting a vein specialist can give you a peace of mind you are looking for, and for a good reason too. A thorough examination will enable the insight in your vein condition, allowing the specialist to suggest treatments and procedures. Schedule an appointment with Beverly Hills Vein Institute’s Dr. Ivan Brooks, a renowned, experienced vein specialist. Soon enough, your little one will be on their feet, so you must be, too! Let us assist you in keeping your veins healthy.