Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy -What you can do

 

 

You’ve heard about swollen feet, morning sickness and aching backs. But there is another unpleasant (and embarrassing) complaint that frequently strikes pregnant women: Hemorrhoids.

What you can do about them:

  • The best method for hemorrhoid treatment during pregnancy is to stay regular, so increase your fluid and fiber intake to avoid constipation. Do your Kegel exercises, which can also prevent hemorrhoids by improving circulation to the area.
  • Sleep on your side, rather than your back, to reduce pressure on that area. It’s also smart to lie down on your left side a few times a day to relieve the pressure on your rectal veins.
  • Don’t sit or stand for long stretches at a time.
  • Don’t strain or linger on the toilet. If you can’t go, don’t force it.
  • Stay clean as a whistle, using warm water after bowel movements and white two-ply toilet paper. Don’t wipe too hard, either, which can irritate sensitive tissues. You can also use wipes if toilet paper is too harsh for your sensitive backside.
  • Try witch hazel or ice packs to soothe the sting of hemorrhoids; a warm bath might reduce discomfort, too. If you’re really uncomfortable when sitting, use a doughnut-shaped pillow to make sitting on your bum a little less painful.
  • Ask your practitioner before using any medication for hemorrhoid treatment during pregnancy, topical or otherwise. And forget about your grandma’s cure — downing a spoonful of mineral oil — which can carry valuable nutrients right out the back door.

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