Immediately report any sudden or worsening leg or ankle swelling to your OBGYN. While lymphedema isn’t a common pregnancy symptom, swelling is. It can be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication with dangerously elevated blood pressure. Discuss this with your doctor right away, as you could be at risk for high blood pressure associated conditions of the heart, brain, and other organ damage.
Lymphedema is a more severe type of swelling, which is either a primary or secondary impairment of the lymphatic flow. Primary means it is something that you are born with. Though you are born with it, the onset can vary from birth to adulthood.
You can acquire secondary lymphedema at any age, caused by damage or blockage of the lymphatic system. In developed countries, the most common causes of secondary lymphedema include cancer, lymph node removal, radiation therapy, etc. If lymphedema runs in your family, you have been diagnosed with lymphedema prior to your pregnancy or you have been treated for cancer prior to your pregnancy your risks for worsening during your pregnancy is increased.
Vein Specialists of the South offers the area’s only comprehensive Vein and Lymphedema Therapy team for you. Ask your OBGYN for a referral early in your pregnancy to help prevent lymphedema symptoms and complications. Our team can help you with your lymphedema during and after your pregnancy, providing safe treatment options such as massage and compression.
What Can I Do During My Pregnancy To Relieve Leg Discomfort?
First and foremost, talk with your OBGYN. If your symptoms are not controlled with simple conservative measures, request a referral to Vein Specialists of the South.
If you or your doctor are worried about a blood clot, more urgent medical evaluation and treatment will be required, as blood clots can cause serious complications. At VSS, we offer a unique service for just this occasion. Your doctor can call for an Easy Access appointment to evaluate for a possible blood clot. We offer this service in our Macon office Mon-Thur. 8:30AM – 3:30 PM and Friday 8:30AM – 11:30PM. It is convenient for you and your doctor, avoids the time and hassle of going to the emergency room, and gives you and your doctor an immediate diagnosis.
If it’s not a blood clot but varicose and spider veins, we’re here to help during and after pregnancy.
Attend A Free Vein Education Event In Downtown Macon
If you’d like to learn more about leg cramps, swelling, and venous disease that occurs at every stage of life, even during pregnancy, we invite you to attend one of our free education and evaluation events. We hold these Vein Education and Evaluation Events in our Downtown Macon vein specialty practice. Find our upcoming event in our News and Events section.
Purchase Compression At Vein Specialists Of The South
Visit Vein Specialists of the South to discuss our compression options for pregnant women. We offer numerous styles, colors, and levels of compression to relieve your symptoms.
Please also take a moment to learn about our Compression Coalition program to help you save on compression wear.
Contact Vein Specialists Of The South For An Evaluation
If you are ready to schedule, call for an in-office consultation with one of our vein care specialists. We offer you a professionally guided conservative care program during and after your pregnancy, working alongside your OBGYN for a holistic approach.
By coming to us during your pregnancy, we can manage your conservative care required by most insurance carriers. In the event your vein problems persist more than twelve weeks after your delivery, we can discuss further treatment options. We’ll help you on your way toward Better Veins for Life®.
Contact us today at Vein Specialists of the South, serving Middle Georgia for more than 20 years.