Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

December 30, 2009

GasPainImageWeb200Hemorrhoids are common in pregnant women. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the rectum that can cause pain or itching. Sometimes they may bleed and protrude from the anus. If they are protruding you will be able to feel a bump or something like a small cluster or grapes.

The most frequent cause of hemorrhoids is constipation. Keeping your bowels regular is important in preventing hemorrhoids.

  • Hemorrhoids generally disappear after delivery.
  • Preventing Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
  • Eat a lot of fiber.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • If you are constipated ask your doctor about a safe stool softener.
  • If you have the urge to have a bowel movement act quickly and don’t hold it in.
  • Try not to strain when moving your bowels. Pushing too hard creates hemorrhoids.
  • Practice Kegel exercises.
  • Take frequent breaks from sitting or standing.
  • Take a sitz bath. Soak your bottom several times a day for 10 to 20 minute intervals. You can do this in a small plastic tub.
  • Try ice packs and cold compresses or warm water. Alternate treatments or try them both out to see which one works better for you.
  • Use witch hazel pads.
  • Avoid scented toilet paper.
  • Wipe with moist towels or hemorrhoid pads.


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