Many women at some stage in their life develop Varicose Veins. For most, they first notice these coloured lines under the skin (mainly on their legs) during pregnancy. This is because as the uterus grows it puts pressure on the largest vein down the right side of your body, which in turn puts more pressure down onto the veins in your legs.
Varicose Veins become present due to their swelling nature and obvious increase in size. They are usually a purple/blue colour, and can be easily seen through the thin layers of your skin.
For some people, they do not have any other symptoms with these veins. Whereas, others can find them painful or itchy, or some even explain a throbbing sensation that can make their legs feel heavy and fatigued. You may find these symptoms are more obvious and prominent in the evening.
Varicose Veins are sometimes referred to as Spider Veins (as they can have a spider-like appearance to them) or sometimes are red in colour; that can look similar to sunburn. Spider Veins don't protrude or swell therefore are slightly different in appearance and substance to Varicose Veins.
You are more likely to develop these types of veins if they run in your family, if you are overweight, carrying twins or have had more than one pregnancy. People who spend a lot of time on their feet also run a higher chance of sporting these pesky little veins.
For most women, these veins ease (and disappear) after giving birth. However, if you're not so lucky - don't lose hope - as there are ways to help treat (and even prevent) these veins, such as:
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If you are not currently pregnant, you can also look into other options such as creams, tablets and even surgery (if needed).