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.
What causes hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
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.
What can you do to treat hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
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:
- Place baking soda (wet or dry) in the area to remove the itch
- Take warm baths with baking soda in the water
- Use witch hazel or lemon juice to reduce swelling or bleeding
- Take a herbal sitz bath
- Use Tucks pads
- Use Comfrey or Yellowdock root ointment
What can you do to prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
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:
- Eat a high fiber diet
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Drink prune juice
- Do not delay going to the bathroom
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Take the homeopathic remedy Nux Vomica 6X three times a day
ALWAYS check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication for this condition.
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