May is one of the most beautiful months of the year. Originally named for the Greek goddess of fertility Maia, this month brings a lot of joyful spring festivities, such as May Day, Memorial Day, and of course Mother’s Day.
First celebrated in US in 1908, Mother’s Day was started by Anna Jarvis who held a memorial for her mother in West Virginia. It was later on adopted by numerous countries around the globe, and is now celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. Traditionally, on Mother’s Day a son, daughter or husband gives a card or a gift to their mothers and grandmothers in celebration of motherhood.
And now that we’ve established all the spring poetics of this wonderful holiday, let’s cover the more practical and realistic aspect of Mother’s Day – what should we, moms and grandmas, wish for this year? Maybe this year, you could do something to treat your varicose veins, since they are more related to motherhood than most people might think. And here are the reasons why.
There are various risk factors for developing them, but pregnancy is a huge accelerating factor in the formation of varicose veins. They often form during pregnancy, or if a woman already had them before becoming pregnant, the condition gets worse. A woman’s body is going through so many changes during pregnancy – the blood volume in the body increases which causes the veins to enlarge, the growing uterus puts pressure on pubic blood vessels and the big vein – the inferior vena cava, levels of progesterone increase which dilates the veins and causes the blood to pool. All these result, more often than not, in varicose veins.
For some women, varicose veins only feel uncomfortable during pregnancy and will resolve after giving birth. But don’t be fooled, your veins are gravely affected with every bundle of joy you bring to this world, and the tricky part is that the damage of the vein valves doesn’t have to start bothering you until years later. The good news is that thanks to modern technology, treating varicose veins has become a breeze. The new procedures are minimally invasive, don’t require surgery, have no downtime, and pretty much zero risks. You’ll be walking home on the same day with relatively little pain or discomfort.
Giving birth to a child is always something to be proud of. You carried your son or daughter in your own body for several months, and have protected them ever since they saw the light of this world. Unfortunately, it also might have taken a toll on your veins. So make a wish on Mother’s Day this year and get a varicose vein treatment with one of the specialized clinics – after all, as mothers you deserve it more than anyone else!