What to do about your varicose veins after childbirth

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Varicose veins tend to improve in the first few months after childbirth, although they do not completely disappear.

Multiple pregnancies, being overweight, having a family history of varicose veins or having varicose veins before getting pregnant make it more likely that your varicose veins won’t go away.

There are several things you can do to help with the swelling of varicose veins:

  • Exercise regularly, daily
  • Keep your feet up as much as possible
  • Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged period of time
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Lose weight
  • Avoid crossing your legs when sitting

However, as most of these actions will not make the varicose veins go away you may wish to consider a permanent treatment such as sealing the varicose veins. The most advanced techniques involve no more than 1 injection, last less than one hour and you will return to your usual activities immediately. Some treatments such as a laser, radioablation, sclerotherapy are gradually being replaced by more modern techniques, with fewer side effects and quicker recovery rates.

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