Piles And Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that develop around the anus. When they occur, they can cause pain and bleeding. Hemorrhoids may disappear completely after pregnancy and delivery without any treatment as hormone levels, blood volume, and intra-abdominal pressure decrease after delivery. The most common times hemorrhoids develop during pregnancy are in the third trimester and during and immediately after childbirth.
Low-fiber foods to be avoided:
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, and other varieties
- White flour
- Red meat
- Processed meats
- Fried foods
- Salty foods
To ease the discomfort of hemorrhoids during pregnancy:
Soak in warm water:
Fill the tub with warm water and soak the affected area. Don't put soap or bubble baths in the water.
Avoid sitting for long periods of time:
Sitting puts pressure on the veins in the anus and rectum. A woman can, lie on the side or stand up. If she must sit, take frequent breaks, or sit on a hemorrhoid pillow, also known as a ring cushion or doughnut.
Use an over-the-counter remedy:
Apply witch hazel medicated pads to the anal area. Use a recommended hemorrhoid cream or rectal suppository that's safe to use during pregnancy.
Keep in mind that constipation contributes to hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
To relieve or prevent constipation:
- Include adequate amounts of fiber in the diet by eating lots of fruits and vegetables
- Ask the doctor to recommend a safe fiber supplement to take during pregnancy
- Ask the doctor to recommend a safe stool softener to take during pregnancy
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Include physical activity in the daily routine