According to, varicose veins are more common in women who are pregnant and become even more prominent during your second trimester.

There are several reasons why you may develop vein disease and varicose veins more readily when pregnant.

First, your body experiences an increase in your total volume of blood circulating around your body, but pregnancy also minimizes the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis.

Second, the valves in these veins, which normally prevent the back flow of blood into your legs, become damaged or defective with the increase in circulation. This causes blood to flow backward, resulting in swelling and vein engorgement.

And third, between 50% and 60% of women suffer from varicose veins, which commonly occur on your legs and thighs.

While no one can prevent varicose veins from forming on your legs, especially during pregnancy, this advice from Dr. Randy Waterford may help you prevent them:

    • Keep your blood circulating. Sit or lay down when possible and elevate your legs. If you’re standing, put one foot on a low stool and alternate your legs. Flex your ankles every 15 minutes. Try not to sit with your legs crossed which may also help prevent spider veins.
    • Wear compression hose: Specialized support hose should be put on before you leave your bed each morning to prevent blood from pooling in your lower legs and feet. They can help counteract the downward pressure of your stomach and provide your leg veins with a little extra push upwards.
    • Exercise: Make the time to take a walk or two daily, or do some non-strenuous chair exercises.
    • Wear comfortable clothes: Maternity clothes are made for a reason––so they don’t pinch your belly or tops of your legs.
    • Avoid straining: Heavy lifting or straining, especially when you’re in the ladies’ room, can increase the visibility of varicose veins.
    • “C” yourself in a balanced diet: Give yourself plenty of Vitamin C to keep your veins in good health.

After your bundle of joy is delivered, contact Waterford Vein Institute of Hawaii if you’re still bothered or embarrassed by painful or swollen varicose veins. You’ll meet with Dr. Randy Waterford to discuss a variety of treatment options, and most procedures are covered by vein insurance. Just complete our Contact Form or call one of three offices today.