According to the College of Family Physicians, most women who suffer from hemorrhoids during pregnancy will find relief quickly after giving birth. As the length of a pregnancy increases, women are more likely to find that they have developed hemorrhoids. If you are pregnant or nursing and considering the use a hemorrhoids relief, you’ll want to consult your doctor first.

Childbirth

An estimated 25 to 35 percent of pregnant women are affected by hemorrhoids due to hormonal changes and an increase in abdominal pressure. Not surprisingly, these issues are most common during the third trimester of pregnancy. As your baby grows, the uterus puts added pressure on your veins and can cause them to become inflamed and swollen. Even if you’ve made it through your entire pregnancy hemorrhoid-free, childbirth is another potential agitator. You may be suffering if you experience any pain or bleeding during a bowel movement. Before making any assumptions, you’ll want to be properly diagnosed by a professional.

Constipation

The remaining 65 to 75% of pregnant women affected by hemorrhoids suffer from constipation. Hemorrhoids can be itchy, uncomfortable, and downright painful. They can sometimes bleed, especially when straining during a bowel movement. Reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids by avoiding constipation.

What can help?
If hemorrhoids develop, witch hazel pads and anti-inflammatory creams can help alleviate the swelling and itching, and they’re safe during pregnancy. You can also try the following:

  • Review your diet. The first thing you may want to consider is a change in your diet. Pregnant women may find relief by increasing the amount of fiber and liquids they consume. Since it is likely that your hemorrhoids will diminish once you give birth, you’ll want to think twice about having them medically removed. Many women may want to consider a topical relief solutions that may provide anti-inflammatory effects to individuals suffering from hemorrhoids. You will simply need to cleanse and dry the area before applying the ointment. Be sure to apply at night and about three additional times throughout the day.
  • Stay regular. Drinking lots of fluids and eat fiber-rich foods, like whole grains and raw or cooked leafy green vegetables.
  • Don’t force it. Don’t strain or linger on the toilet.
  • Do your Kegel exercises. They can also prevent hemorrhoids by improving circulation to the area.
  • Take a warm bath. A 10 to 15 minute soak in the tub will help you stay clean – and it might help reduce discomfort, too.
  • Talk to your practitioner about hemorrhoid relief solutions. Especially during pregnancy – whether they’re topical or otherwise.

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