Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids After PregnancyHemorrhoids are blood vessels in the rectal area which have become inflamed and swollen. Hemorrhoids can itch terribly and be quite uncomfortable and they can often cause rectal bleeding, especially while having a bowel movement. It is rather common for women to have hemorrhoids during pregnancy, and especially during the 3rd trimester.

In most cases, pregnancy hemorrhoids begin to resolve themselves shortly after the baby is born. This is because the mother’s belly and uterus has reduced in size which takes the pressure off the rectal area. Undue pressure on this area is a major cause of hemorrhoids so having the pressure gone is usually all it takes to get rid of the hemorrhoids.

Constipation is quite common during pregnancy.  Having constipation can be a cause of hemorrhoids as most people strain during bowel movements when they are constipated. This straining puts a lot of pressure on the anal area, pelvic veins and inferior vena cava which is the large vein on the right side of the body which receives blood from the lower limbs. This slows the return of blood from the lower portion of the body which puts pressure on the veins under the uterus, causing them to swell.

Pregnancy Hemorrhoids Treatment

Hemorrhoids During PregnancyHemorrhoids during pregnancy can be treated with ice packs. Simply apply the cloth-covered ice packs to the affected areas several times a day. Alternating warm and cold treatments also prove beneficial. By taking a warm bath for fifteen minutes a couple of times a day and then applying ice to the area, the swelling and discomfort can decrease. It is also helpful to clean the affected area well after each bowel movement with a gentle pre-moistened wipe. Some women find relief from pregnancy hemorrhoids by simply making unscented toilet paper damp before wiping. Some women find that doing regular Kegel exercises helps with their hemorrhoids during pregnancy. These exercises consist of tensing and holding the muscles in the vaginal and rectal area for ten seconds, relaxing and then repeating it several times throughout the day. Kegel exercises can be done virtually anywhere. The reason these exercises are effective is because they help to increase circulation to the rectum and because they make the vaginal and perianal muscles strong. It is also a good idea to avoid sitting and standing for long periods of time and to avoid lifting heavy objects.

Hemorrhoids ConsultationMost women find that their pregnancy hemorrhoids become better once they give birth. However, hemorrhoids after birth can persist. If you have hemorrhoids after birth try an over the counter remedy such as a special hemorrhoid cream or gel. You also could increase your water intake and see to it that you eat a fiber-rich diet. There are stool softeners and fiber supplements as well as other natural hemorrhoids treatment options available which can help to rid yourself of hemorrhoids after birth. If your pregnancy hemorrhoids refuse to go away after trying a few treatments, consult your doctor as you could be given a prescription medication or undergo a minor surgical procedure.