Now; for the most part being pregnant is a wonderful experience. After all; you are going to have a beautiful child at the end of it. However; much of those nine months are going to be quite difficult. You will have to deal with a number of different problems that you may not have dealt with before. One of these conditions is hemorrhoids. This condition occurs when the veins in the rectum swell up. It is a problem which is going to have to be dealt with by roughly one in three women.
Hemorrhoids can occur for one of many reasons. When it comes to hemorrhoids during pregnancy it is likely to be down to only one factor though; the increasing weight of the child (most women will deal with hemorrhoids during the third trimester of their pregnancy and not before). As the child becomes larger the amount of space inside of you will become smaller. This can cause the amount of blood flowing to the hemorrhoids to slow down drastically. This will in turn cause them to become weaker and less prone to damage. In addition to this; the hormones associated with pregnancy will start to relax tissues in the body. This includes your veins. This will make swelling up a great deal easier for them.
Now; whilst there are a number of different techniques that you can utilize to combat hemorrhoids, there is absolutely no guarantee that they will work. When you are pregnant there is no way to make yourself magically immune from hemorrhoids. If you have to deal with it then sadly you are going to have to deal with it.
Thankfully there are a number of different techniques that you can utilize to significantly reduce the chance of onset of hemorrhoids during pregnancy. These techniques include:
- Avoiding constipation. This is very much the big one. If you are constipated then you will find that your stool is far harder. This makes it a LOT more difficult to push out of your bowels. This in turn will put further strain on the anus and lead to severe inflammation. There are a number of different ways in which you can ‘avoid’ constipation. Perhaps the best technique here being consuming more fiber. Making sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day (roughly 2.5 liters) should be fantastic too. This will help keep everything in ‘working’ order. Many women also find that drinking tons of fruit juice and herbal tea works wonders. It is important that you try to avoid drinks such as coffee which can make the whole situation worse.
- Do not sit on the toilet for too long. Only sit for as long as you have to otherwise you will be putting a lot of strain on your rectum. If you find that you can’t go within a few minutes then do ‘give up’ and come back later. It does not give you any benefit staying on there longer than you have to.
- Avoid putting too much strain on your rectum. If you don’t feel it coming, come back. As soon as you feel as though you need to pass a stool then do get to that toilet as soon as you can! Attempting to override this natural feeling can actually lead to constipation.
- Avoid processed foods. These are going to cause havoc on your body. They will not be that healthy for your unborn child either. Read more about foods to avoid when hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can occur either inside of the body or outside. They are more common on the inside and most people do not actually realize they have internal hemorrhoids until later on in the ‘process’. One of the major signals that you could be potentially dealing with hemorrhoids is a small amount of blood on the paper when you wipe. If you have external hemorrhoids then they should be fairly easy to spot. You will notice a bulge coming out of your anus.
Hemorrhoids can come in a number of different sizes. If you notice ANY bleeding from around the anal area then it is important that you do talk to your doctor. They will provide you with any advice that you may need when it comes to the treatment of hemorrhoids.
You will experience some pain and discomfort when you have hemorrhoids. The discomfort can either be a feeling of pressure or a severe amount of itching. You will know if you are suffering from hemorrhoids. Trust me on that one. In both cases it is important to talk to your doctor. They will have dealt with hemorrhoids during pregnancy before and thus will be able to tell you everything that you need to know.
Now; once you have been diagnosed with hemorrhoids you need to get started with treatment options. There are fewer options available for you on the market here due to the fact that you are pregnant and some medications can actually be harmful to the unborn child. The best tips for dealing with hemorrhoids at home are:
- To follow the tips above related to avoiding constipation. This will have the most positive impact on hemorrhoids as the less constipated you are, the less strain you will end up placing onto your rectum.
- Certain medications can be purchased from your pharmacy. Do talk to them about pregnancy as not all of them are suitable.
- Ice packs around the anal area for small periods of time (ten to twenty minutes at the most) will help to quell the inflammation somewhat.
- Keep the anal area clean. Try to use wet tissue for this. If not; hop in the shower and wipe with a soft cloth. Basically you want to attempt to avoid irritating the area.
- Avoid eating spicy or salty foods. Both can lead to constipation or extreme pain when passing a stool.
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Both can make hemorrhoids during pregnancy a whole lot worse.
- When you sleep, sleep on your side. This will reduce the amount of pressure on the anus.
Read more on how to treat hemorrhoids