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Maternity, Post-Partum & Beyond

Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings the miracle of life but unfortunately, it can also bring pain & discomfort to your legs. Swollen feet, tired aching legs & a feeling of heaviness are among everyday symptoms that pregnant women typically experience. This is largely due to blocked circulation caused by body changes as well as hormonal factors during pregnancy.

Why Pregnant Women Experience Leg Discomfort?

Factors affecting circulation during pregnancy:

➼ A woman's blood volume increases by 30 -50% which puts strain on the circulatory system.

➼ An increase in the hormone progesterone relaxes the lining of the veins and slows venous return.

➼ As the baby grows it puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, a large vein which collects blood from the lower body. This increases the blood pressure in the lower body putting pressure on the vein walls.

➼ Slower blood flow increases the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots

Hormonal Factors During & After Pregnancy:

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase blood coagulability, a measure of how easily blood clots. Studies have shown the following risk factors associated with pregnancy:

➼ Pregnant women have a six times higher risk of blood clots (DVT) than women who aren't pregnant.

➼ The Risk continues to remain high - up to 10 times higher for at least 6 weeks postpartum.

➼ Hormone Replacement Therapy can increase a woman's risk up to 5 fold. For those using oral contraceptives, the risk can be 3-4 x greater.

➼ On average 1-2 women in 1000 will get a DVT or pulmonary embolism during pregnancy

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy:

➼ Unsightly and painful Varicose Veins and Spider Veins show up during pregnancy due to poor blood circulation.

➼ Various studies have been made about the prevalence of varicose veins during pregnancy.

➼Estimates show that around 50 - 70% of pregnant women will develop one type of varicose veins, including minor forms such as telangiectasias (spider veins).

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