Hemorrhoids affliction due to pregnancy comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever been pregnant or who has ever seen a woman who is heavily pregnant.
How Hemorrhoids Can Appear During Pregnancy
All that pressure bearing down on your lower bowel is bound to put pressure on your rectal area. As well, being dehydrated can constipate you so you have that additional situation of straining to have a bowel movement.
A pregnancy hemorrhoids is a situational condition, most of the time. However, regardless of whether the pregnancy hemorrhoids will go away after the baby is delivered, it is apt to be very painful so leaving it for a few months until the pregnancy is over is going to be an arduous task.
How to Prevent Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
There are some prevention actions you can take to avoid the problem of a pregnancy hemorrhoids before even one begins to settle into your body bringing pain with it. Here are some basic avoidance techniques:
- Drink lots of water. While the wisdom is to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, when you are pregnant this should be the minimum amount of water you drink. The growing fetus is going to put a heavy demand on your fluids.
- Don’t add to the strain on your lower body by lifting heavy things.
- Keep moving. The longer you sit, the less stimulation your bowel is getting and the bowel material will be less willing to move through your intestines at a good pace. Walking for even ten minutes daily will keep your body functioning smoothly.
- Eat more fiber – ideally in the form of fruits, vegetables, and grains.
To elaborate more on the necessity for taking these precautions, the number one cause of pregnancy hemorrhoids is constipation and these actions will greatly reduce the risk of hemorrhoids.
In addition to this, pregnancy increases progesterone levels and this hormone weakens or loosens the woman’s veins.
Since hemorrhoids are basically bulging veins this means that your rectal veins will be more prone to hemorrhoids because the veins are weakening.
So you have to compensate for these extra problems with your pregnancy and well-being.
What Best Natural Pain Relief for Pregnant Hemorrhoids?
If you do get pregnancy hemorrhoids here are some things that can alleviate the pain:
- Use a cold pack on the hemorrhoids as this relieves the burning sensation and shrinks the swelling somewhat.
- Taking a sitz bath calms the throbbing of the swollen rectal veins and reduces some of the bulging. If you don’t have a sitz bath, a regular bath with Epsom salts or baking soda can calm your sore anal tissues. Relax for 20 minutes in your bath.
- There is another thing you can do which not everyone can handle easily and that is to use a lubricated finger to gently push the swollen veins back inside your rectum. This protects the hemorrhoids from external abrasions and sometimes reduces the pressure so that they shrink.
- Dab your hemorrhoids with a cotton ball dipped in witch hazel or apply a medicated pad that is prepared with soothing medications.