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During pregnancy an increased pressure in the abdomen arises because of the growing baby. As a result of the increasing pressure, the veins below can expand, work less efficiently and give rise to the formation of varicose veins. After a few weeks, the changing diameter of the veins in the legs is visible. Being pregnant forms a risk factor for the development of varicose veins. These varicose veins can provide a variety of discomforts and problems such as swelling, leg pain or cramps, or even more serious conditions such as superficial phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The latter is a very serious illness with a blockage of the veins in the deep vascular system.
Pregnancy and compression stockings
If you are pregnant and you are experiencing leg pain, or experienced similar symptoms in the past, your doctor may advise you to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings can reduce symptoms such as tired legs. They promote the backflow of blood in the legs and reduce the risk of complications.