Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are not uncommon during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids are varicose (swollen) veins of the rectum and are usually painful. They most often appear during the third trimester.
What causes hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
Constipation combined with the increased pressure on the rectum and perineum is the primary reason that women experience hemorrhoids. Prolonged standing may also be a factor contribution to hemorrhoids.
What can you do to treat hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
The good new is that hemorrhoids usually improve after the baby is born. In the meantime, there are a number of things you can do to treat hemorrhoids:
- Soak in a warm bath
- Apply witch hazel pads to the rectum
- Avoid sitting for long periods
- Use Tucks Medicated Pads
- Use Anusol HC
- Use Preparation H
What can you do to prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
The best thing to do during pregnancy to prevent hemorrhoids is to avoid constipation. If you are constipated, avoid straining during bowel movements. Try the following to prevent constipation:
- Eat a high fiber diet
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Do not delay going to the bathroom
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables