Hey, all you moms out there. We’re talking to you today — about “mom legs” — the scourge of many a mother. We promise you, “mom legs” are not just one more thing you have to put up with as a mom. You are not alone. And today’s vein treatments can help.
Case in point: We have a “mom” patient who underwent a VNUS Closure on her right leg about four years ago. This gal had first noticed vein problems during her second pregnancy. The problems really ramped up during her third pregnancy – she had to wear compression hose pretty much for nine months. Her mom has vein disease — complete with restless legs and lots of spider veins and achiness, so our patient was predisposed to develop vein disease down the road. Which it did. Well, our patient was back in recently because she felt a twinge of “something going on” with her left leg and just wanted to get it checked out. (That’s the thing once you have a vein treatment – you know the signs and get it checked out if you feel anything! Turns out no vein disease was present for this mom – so that’s good news).
Anyway, while “our mom” was in, she mentioned how she has lots of mom friends who sometimes talk about their “mom legs.” Mostly referring to the spider veins running up the backs of thighs, behind the knees and a few bulges here and there. Our patient told us that when she hears this from other moms, she tells them about her vein treatment – and that it, in her case, it was vein disease that was causing the spider veins, plus the feelings of heaviness and achiness. When her friends hear about the discomfort part – they almost always say – “Yeah, I get that too.”
It’s not surprising that a good number of moms are battling mom legs. The vein disease stats are stacked against women versus men (of course) and when you add pregnancy to the equation, the odds are even worse.
Why Vein Disease Loves Women.
Genetics – You really can blame mom in this case. Girl, if your mama has mom legs, chances are you’re going to get/have already developed mom legs. If your mom has vein disease, you have a 50% chance of developing it. If both your mom and dad have it, your unlucky chances increase to 90% of developing vein disease – and mom legs.
Gender – women are more prone to developing vein disease than men due to the release of female hormones during ovulation and pregnancy and diminishing hormones during menopause. These hormonal fluctuations cause the vein walls to relax, leading to insufficient flow of blood through the veins and backward flow of blood (venus reflux).
Fact: 1 out 3 women versus 1 out of 5 men develop vein disease during her/his lifetime
Pregnancy — nine months of hormonal changes, increased blood volume, weight gain and your growing baby pushing down on the pelvic area take their toll on your veins. Many women develop varicose veins during pregnancy. Luckily most of these vein issues recede or go away entirely after the birth. However, if you are predisposed and/or already have vein disease, the veins are weakened even further and you have a good chance of developing bulges, spider veins, and other vein disease conditions quicker.
During pregnancy, your bod and your veins are dealing with:
1. Increased Blood Volume – during pregnancy, blood volume increases 25-40%, making the body work harder to pump. Pumping more blood through veins can weaken them and make already weak veins enlarge and engorge even more. Many women experience bulging varicose veins during pregnancy, which usually go away after the birth.
2. Increased Pressure – due to increased blood volume; gravity from the growing belly pushing on organs and veins; and weight gain
3. Family History – a genetic predisposition to vein disease increases your chances of developing varicose veins and related vein disorders whether you experience pregnancy or not. Pregnancy exacerbates the situation – even kick-starting it for some.
4. Hormonal Changes – increased levels of progestin cause veins to dilate, plus fluctuations. After nine months of being stretched and enlarged, they sometimes don’t bounce back to their pre-pregnancy selves.
Fact: 30% of women will develop varicose veins during the first pregnancy, and 55% will during their second and subsequent pregnancies)
Mom Legs are Easily Treatable.
Today’s vein treatments let you say “bye, bye” to spider veins, bulging veins and other discomforting signs of vein disease – without taking time out of your busy schedule. And while moms are notorious for putting others ahead of themselves, it’s important to remember that vein disease is a progressive medical condition that will worsen over time if left untreated. So mom legs can get to “I gotta cover up my legs all the time legs” as the symptoms intensify and conditions worsen.
Mom legs aren’t just “part of getting older.” Get your legs back to being just “your name here’s legs” At Hamilton Vein Center we offer an array of vein treatments that go to the source of your vein problem – from sclerotherapy for the treatment of cosmetic spider veins to closing the diseased vein via VNUS Closure and VenaSeal — a breakthrough image-guided treatment, which uses an adhesive agent or glue delivered to a patient’s vein through a catheter — now FDA approved and offered at Hamilton Vein Center to specialty vein treatments like ambulatory phlebectomy.
If you’re not liking the look of your mom legs and/or are experiencing any discomfort – and we mean, any discomfort, make an appointment at a conveniently located Hamilton Vein Center and let us help you look and feel better in no time.
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