Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. Your body has a great deal to do during pregnancy. Sometimes the changes taking place can cause irritation or discomfort, and sometimes you may be concerned. There's rarely any need for alarm, but you should mention anything that's worrying you to your maternity team. This page offers information on some of the more common problems. You can find links to other common pregnancy problems at the bottom of this page.
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It can be an uncomfortable side-effect of pregnancy but can varicose veins cause harm? When valves that control blood flow weaken — which is common in pregnancy — that causes areas of blood to collect in pools. Women are more likely than men to get varicose veins anyway, for hormonal reasons Smyth et al, A previous pregnancy and increasing age can also make you more likely to get varicose veins Smyth et al, The most common place to get varicose veins is in your legs but you might also get varicose veins in other parts of your body.