Haemorrhoids during pregnancy

Among the many physical changes your body goes through during pregnancy, haemorrhoids – or swollen veins in the rectum – could be one of the most uncomfortable ones. While they are not harmful to you or your baby, and usually go away after childbirth, you can find out more about how to prevent them or relieve the irritation below.

Haemorrhoids are often painful, swollen veins in the anus and rectum. They range in size and can develop inside the rectum or stick out through the anus. Learn how to ease the pain of haemorrhoids during pregnancy with these helpful hints on pregnancy haemorrhoid relief.

Why haemorrhoids happen in pregnancy

There are many reasons why you might develop haemorrhoids during pregnancy, including your growing uterus putting pressure on the pelvic veins and other veins. This can slow the return of blood from the lower half of your body.

What do haemorrhoids feel like?

If you’re feeling itchiness and soreness around the area, then it could be haemorrhoids. You’ll also feel uncomfortable when you sit, and relief when you soak in a bath.

Tips on pregnancy haemorrhoids relief

Haemorrhoids are common in pregnancy and the pain can be eased following these simple steps:

  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Sitting puts pressure on the veins in your anus and rectum.
  • Lie on your side as often as you can.
  • Avoid becoming constipated.
  • Practicing Kegel exercises can also ease hemorrhoids. Kegel exercises increase circulation in the rectal area and strengthen the muscles around the anus, but please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Learn how to do Kegel exercises in our article on urinary incontinence.

Constipation and haemorrhoids

Constipation contributes to haemorrhoids during pregnancy. Relieving constipation is simple:

  • Include fibre in your diet.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.

If you’d like to know more about constipation, and how to alleviate it, you can read our dedicated article on constipation.

What about medicines for pregnancy haemorrhoids relief?

Haemorrhoids are common, and for many women, they may go away after delivery. Always consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment of Haemorrhoids.

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