Nobody likes talking about hemorrhoids (especially if they are suffering with them), they are very uncomfortable and they will affect more than 50% of pregnant women, especially during the mid-second to third trimesters. Basically hemorrhoids are varicose veins but in the rectum (horrible things). In case you are wondering what they look like they often look like a pile of grapes, except they are far more painful than grapes.
What Causes Hemorrhoids While Pregnant
Around week 25 your uterus starts enlarging, plus you will get increased blood flow to the pelvic area whilst pregnant, and this can often cause the veins in the rectal wall to swell, as well as itch badly. Constipation during pregnancy will aggravate, or even can even cause hemorrhoids (if you have hard stools the extra straining you do to eliminate it can put a great deal of pressure on rectal veins and make them swell and bulge); they can also develop postpartum following hard pushing during labour. But here’s the good news: There are lots of home remedies and they should go down after the birth.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hemorrhoids are often itchy, as well as being very painful. They can sometimes bleed, especially when you’re bearing down on them during a bowel movement. Anal fissures (painful cracks in the skin of the anus caused by straining from constipation) can cause rectal bleeding. Rectal bleeding should always be checked by your doctor, Rectal bleeding, whilst it can indicate more serious problem is in the majority of times caused by bleeding hemorrhoids
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Increase your fluid and fiber intake to keep yourself regular
Do exercises to improve circulation
It’s best to not sleep on your back but rather on your side – as it reduces the pressure which causes piles. Also.lie down on your left side, when you can during the day, as this relieves the pressure on your rectal veins.
Exercise. Don’t sit or stand around for long periods. Try taking a nice walk every hour or so as this will greatly improve circulation to the rectal area.
Very importantly, Never strain or linger on the toilet. If you don’t want to go, don’t force yourself. Don’t wipe too hard, as this will irritate the piles. Some people use baby wipes as toilet paper is too rough.
A warm bath will help. Just soak in the tub for about 15 minutes – it definitely eases the pain.
Witch hazel and ice packs will also often help. They will soothe the itching and pain of hemorrhoids. A doughnut-shaped pillow can also make sitting hurt you a lot less.
Talk to your doctor about the various hemorrhoid treatments. Particularly during pregnancy