Varicose veins tend to run in families and are often made worse during pregnancy. There are numerous reasons for this including increased blood volume, and the hormones of pregnancy. The bottom line is an inborn weakness in those veins. Varicose veins may cause aches and pain, or they may be entirely without symptoms.
There are several things you can do to help prevent, or minimize varicose veins. These include:
Most importantly, do not panic if you have varicose veins. Consult your doctor and remember, most cases will improve after delivery.