Can pregnant women be treated for varicose veins?

Dr. John T. Morris, DO
Vascular Surgeon

Varicose veins typically get worse during pregnancy, when there's a lot more fluid and a lot more swelling. The veins get considerably better after delivery. Doctors do not treat veins in pregnant women, because the medications and anesthetic used to treat varicose veins should not be given during pregnancy. Doctors recommend waiting until after you are done breastfeeding to have varicose vein treatment.

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