Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are not uncommon during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids are varicose (swollen) veins of the rectum and are usually painful. They most often make their appearance during the third trimester.
Hemorrhoids are related to constipation. Constipation combined with the increased pressure on the rectum and perineum is the primary reason that women experience hemorrhoids. Prolonged standing and advanced maternal age may also be factors contributing to hemorrhoids.
The good news is that hemorrhoids usually improve after the baby is delivered. In the meantime, there are a number of treatments you can use to treat hemorrhoids. Any one or more of the following may help relieve hemorrhoids:
The best thing to do during pregnancy to prevent hemorrhoids is to avoid getting constipated. If you are constipated, try to avoid straining during bowel movements. Try the following to prevent constipation:
ALWAYS check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication for this condition.
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