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Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know

February 5, 2013

Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are most certainly uncomfortable but luckily are not dangerous and won’t affect your developing fetus, according to the March of Dimes Foundation.

If you’re pregnant and unfortunately suffering with hemorrhoids, then you are in the right place to find out what to expect and treat your condition safely, quickly and effectively.

Hemorrhoids During PregnancyThis dreaded complaint afflicts 20%–50% of all pregnant women, especially during your third trimester, and they are more common if you get constipated.

What Pregnancy Hemorrhoids Are

Simply hemorrhoids are the blood vessels in your rectal area which have become abnormally swollen.

When inflamed and irritated, they can typically range in size from that of a pea to a grape, and can be either or both inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or protrude through the anus (external hemorrhoids).

Symptoms can be mildly uncomfortable and itchy through to extremely painful, and you may even have rectal bleeding, especially during bowel movements.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can occur during pregnancy with abnormal straining or pressure the veins in your rectum which then causes them to swell and enlarge.  Typically the most common causes are:

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  • If suffering prior to pregnancy, then you’re more likely to get them again
  • Excess weight strain can cause the symptoms to develop
  • Pressure of sitting or standing for long periods of time is a common factor
  • Your growing uterus increase pressure on the veins in the lower body has a marked influence
  • Pregnancy hormones make the walls of your veins to relax allowing them to swell much more
  • Straining especially during hard bowel movements traps more blood in the swollen veins making them irritated and painful
  • Straining could also result in them protruding from your rectum.
  • They commonly develop or flare up with the straining of labor.

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What You Can Do About It

You can help prevent hemorrhoids by making simple lifestyle changes that keep you from getting constipation and treating naturally:

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  • Drink plenty of liquids, up to 8 glasses of water every day, especially 1–2 glasses of fruit squashes or  prune juice
  • Eat high-in-fiber foods, especially bran cereals and whole wheat, raw vegetables and fruits, beans, other sources of fiber
  • Exercise regularly as recommended  by your health provider, walking and other safe activities such as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily
  • Constantly use the bathroom immediately you feel the urge for a bowel movement
  • Constantly use the bathroom immediately you feel the urge for a bowel movement
  • Keep fit and don’t gain too much weight, try to stay within the guidelines your healthcare provider sets as it avoids extra pressure on your abdomen
  • When lying down try to lie on your left side to ease an take off the pressure.

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You can help relieve hemorrhoids itching, swelling and pain by:

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  • Take a warm sitz bath and soak your rectal area for 10–15 minutes several times daily
  • Ask your health care provider about which over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams are safe to use
  • Avoid scented and dyed toilet paper, wipe your anal area with moist toilet paper and towelettes or medicated pads
  • Keep the anal area clean keeping in mind soap can aggravate your condition, taking care to gently dry the area well as moisture often causes irritation
  • Apply ice packs or cold compresses for 10 minutes 4 times daily.

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Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy CareIf you find a hemorrhoid starts to protrude, gently push it back into your rectal canal.

When to Consult Your Healthcare Provider

Generally your hemorrhoids will usually disappear on their own, but you may require medical intervention when you’re not getting any relief or you start bleeding.

Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy Resources

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4 Comments

  • Reply Riley May 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Hello Lionel, please can you tell me what DEER is about?

    • Reply Lionel May 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Riley and thanks for making contact, it’s about respecting your body by using the acronym D.E.E.R. (drink, eat, exercise, rest) to help you stay focused and set healthy boundaries.

  • Reply Kaylene November 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

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  • Reply Bodo Evike March 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

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