This pregnancy condition can be painful, embarrassing, and even cause anxiety about the birth process. It’s usually harmless, but very uncomfortable and downright annoying. What is it? Varicose veins. You might usually associate these with your grandma’s legs, but we’re going to talk about this condition and how it relates to pregnancy and postpartum recovery. These are distended veins that can occur in the legs or genitals during pregnancy, and usually go away after giving birth.