Hemorrhoid Treatment During Pregnancy

These are blood vessels that are inflamed and can be seen in the rectal area. Hemorrhoids can be the size of a raisin or the size of a grape. They can be painful or itchy and can even cause rectal bleeding when a person is passing stools. At times inflamed veins push through the anus.

Many pregnant women get hemorrhoids during pregnancy It is also believed that if a woman had hemorrhoids before she became pregnant, then she will have a higher chance of getting them now. Hemorrhoids can also develop when a woman is in the second stage of labor and is pushing. Hemorrhoids can go away on their own or by following some simple tips.


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Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

Pregnant women are more prone to getting hemorrhoids. They can also get varicose veins in the legs. Constipation is another problem that affects several pregnant women. Constipation can aggravate or cause hemorrhoids. Straining while passing stool can cause hemorrhoids. Also, the hormone progesterone increases during pregnancy, which relaxes the walls of the veins and causes then to swell up easily. The same hormone causes constipation as it slows down the working of the intestinal tract.

How to treat Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

  • Make an ice pack by wrapping some small pieces of ice in a clean handkerchief or cloth and apply it to the affected area. Ice is known to decrease the discomfort and swelling. You can even use witch hazel in your cold compress.
  • Sit in a tub full of warm water or take a sitz bath.

  • You can alternate between warm and cold treatments by using an ice pack and a warm sitz bath.
  • After passing stools, make sure that you clean the area gently with warm water and wipes. You can even use medicated wipes that are meant for treating hemorrhoids.
  • You can ask your doctor for medicated suppository or topical anesthetic. While you can buy hemorrhoid-relief products from the market, it is advisable to consult a doctor before doing so.
  • Avoid getting hemorrhoids:
  • You can avoid getting constipation by eating a balanced diet and food rich in fiber. Also, drink a lot of water and exercise regularly. You can also ask a doctor to prescribe a stool softener.
  • You might want to do Kegel exercises every day to increase the circulation in the area and to strengthen the anus muscles as this can reduce the chance of hemorrhoids. The muscles of the urethra and vagina get strengthened too and this helps women recover quickly after birth.
Hemorrhoid Treatment Pregnancy
Hemorrhoid Treatment Pregnancy
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