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MY MOTHER HAD VARICOSE VEINS

Yes, it is true that not only did your mother give you life, but she also may have given you the tendency towards bad veins.  Unfortunately, we do inherit genes that predispose us to weaker veins.  So if your mother (or father) has varicose veins, you could very well develop them too.

In mom’s defense, women are at higher risk, often developing bad veins for the first time during and following pregnancy.   Carrying a pregnancy (you!)  for 9 months puts pressure on pelvic  venous circulation, increasing pressure in the lower extremity  leg  veins.  More pressure means more stress on the leg veins as they  return blood to the heart.  Finally, the veins begin to break down into varicose and spider veins.  Multiple pregnancies  cause  more damage  and worsening of the varicose and spider veins.  To add insult to injury, hormone changes also affect  veins negatively.

If your family history predisposes you to varicose or spider veins, try these suggestions for vein health:

  • Exercise
  • Compression stockings
  • Elevation of the legs periodically during the day
  • Avoid wearing high heels as much as possible