Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Pregnant and suffering from hemorrhoids?

Pregnancy brings many changes, not least, are the effects it will have on your body.

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Some of these changes are easily acclimatized, whereas others take some getting used to, nevertheless, they are all part of the miraculous journey that is the road to childbirth. And yes, this includes the symptoms of hemorrhoids, which are common during pregnancy.

Developing hemorrhoids during pregnancy isn’t a cause for alarm. A combination of pressure from the developing fetus, and a slackening of your pelvic floor muscles in preparation for labor, can result in the onset of pregnancy hemorrhoids, which may prolapse and bulge from the anus.

This may lead to discomfort during bowel movements, as well as anal itching and occasional bleeding. Your Family Physician may recommend a soothing cream to treat the condition, as well as gently pushing the prolapsed hemorrhoids back in place, during a warm bath. This is often a satisfactory hemorrhoid pregnancy treatment, and the condition generally passes after childbirth, once the pelvic floor muscles have recovered.

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What can you do about hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

It is estimated that between 25% and 35% of women will develop hemorrhoids during the third trimester of their pregnancy, while a smaller percentage will experience the condition following delivery.

Constipation remains a leading cause of hemorrhoids and is a common complaint during pregnancy. You should ensure you take preventative measures to reduce the possibility of constipation and, ultimately, hemorrhoids by:

  • Maintaining a healthy, high fiber diet
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Remaining as active as is physically possible – hemorrhoids often affects people whose jobs involve sitting for lengthy amounts of time
  • Regular visits to the bathroom – not hanging fire when nature calls
You can also avoid straining in the bathroom by placing a small footstool or a stack of phone books beneath your feet.

Pelvic floor exercises

To ensure the affected muscles are returned to full pre-pregnancy strength, you should maintain your pelvic floor exercises following childbirth.

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