Haemorrhoids During Pregnancy
Haemorrhoids during pregnancy
Many women get haemorrhoids during pregnancy or as a result of childbirth. Although they can be uncomfortable, there are several things you can do to try to get rid of them. We've included some tips here for coping with haemorrhoids during your pregnancy.
Reasons for haemorrhoids in pregnancy
There are a number of reasons why pregnancy haemorrhoids affect mums-to-be:
• Your body has more blood circulating around it during pregnancy – making all your veins a little more dilated. Unfortunately that means the delicate veins around your bottom may get sluggish and swollen too, especially when your ever-growing uterus is putting extra pressure on them.
• Straining to go to the toilet is a common cause, so if you're constipated like many mums-to-be, eating an extra fibrous diet and drinking lots of water should help your haemorrhoids.
Unfortunately, there's only a limited selection of medication you can take for haemorrhoids during pregnancy, so ask your doctor which haemorrhoids cream, ointment or suppository you could use.
Haemorrhoids medication isn't the only answer – here are a few other things you can try to speed up your recovery:
• Avoid perfumed soaps, talcs or wet wipes. Wash your bottom with plain water after each bowel movement and dry yourself well. Loose fitting cotton underwear will help you feel fresh.
• Go to the toilet whenever you feel the urge – don't put it off!
• Avoid straining and constipation.
• Try a little gentle exercise to improve your general circulation.
• Avoid too much sitting or standing and relax in a warm bath if you're troubled by itching. If that doesn't suit you, some people recommend an ice pack instead.