How to Deal With Hemorrhoids if You’re Pregnant

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  • Pregnant women are often predisposed to a higher risk of having hemorrhoids. These often appear during the third trimester
  • Fortunately, there are certain measures you can follow to relieve painful hemorrhoids during your pregnancy

Unfortunately, pregnant women are predisposed to a higher risk of having hemorrhoids,1 particularly during the third trimester. In some cases, hemorrhoids develop while a woman is pushing during labor, and this may be a reason why hemorrhoids are a common early postpartum complaint.2

Try These Techniques to Lower Your Risk for Hemorrhoids While Pregnant

There are certain measures you can follow to relieve painful hemorrhoids during your pregnancy:3,4

Bathe in warm water — Use warm water and soak the affected area for around 10 to 15 minutes. Not only will a bath keep you clean, but it will potentially reduce discomfort too.

Try witch hazel pads — You can place these pads on your anal area, but make sure to change them frequently.

Refrain from sitting for long periods of time — You increase pressure on the veins in your anus and rectum when you sit for too long. However, if certain circumstances require you to sit down, make sure to stand up and move every once in a while.

Sleep on your side and not on your back — This will decrease the pressure on your rectal veins and promote blood to return from the lower area of the body.

Use a bidet to clean yourself thoroughly after a bowel movement — You get more benefits from a bidet in the long run. It is easier to use, less irritating and cleans your bottom more efficiently.

Purchase a donut-shaped pillow or cushion — This can reduce the pressure brought about by sitting and assist in preventing hemorrhoids.5

Here’s How to Prevent Constipation and Lower Your Hemorrhoids Risk

Constipation, whether you’re pregnant or not, greatly influences the development of hemorrhoids. As much as possible, do whatever you can to relieve constipation in order to prevent hemorrhoids from developing, such as:6,7

Adding fiber to your diet — Getting enough dietary fiber in your body softens your stools and increases their weight and size. Improved stool quality may aid in normalizing bowel movements, preventing constipation and hemorrhoids.8 Just make sure to add these fiber-rich foods slowly to prevent gas problems.9

Drinking plenty of pure water — By increasing your intake of pure water, you maintain your stool’s softness and allow it to pass easier. According to Yuri Elkaim, a registered holistic nutritionist, when you’re constipated, the stool found in your colon is dehydrated. Drinking enough water not only rehydrates your body, but allows less water to be withdrawn from the colon.10

Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine — Refrain from sitting or standing for a long period of time.11 Try moving around for a few minutes every hour or so to help reduce pressure on the veins in your rectal area.12

If you want to do a variety of exercises, consult your doctor first to know which workouts are safe for pregnant women. Kegel exercises are a good example. Baby Center notes that these may help improve circulation in the anal area, strengthen muscles and possibly lower your hemorrhoid risk.

If complications such as increased pain13 or bleeding still occur after you have tried these suggestions, consult your physician or health care provider. For pregnant women, hemorrhoids typically heal after delivery. Should the hemorrhoids persist, homemade treatment protocols work best in eliminating them.

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