Having a baby is one of the joys of life that can make you reflect, plan, and have a new vision for your future. It can also be a time of pain, discomfort, and feeling helpless emotionally. One thing that adds to those negatives for many women is having hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
With all the pressure of the growing baby, the fluid, and gravity pulling everything down, the rectum and anal canal are likely to rebel with a hemorrhoid problem. Pregnancy hemorrhoid symptoms may be mild for many women. As a matter of fact, some women may not even know they have a hemorrhoid until the doctor tells them.
Hemorrhoids are veins in the rectum or anal canal that become irritated and swollen, inflamed and possibly very sore and painful. Hemorrhoid symptoms may be very mild at first, and if taken care of immediately, they may never become worse. With pregnancy, though, the additional pressure and weight gain can make it more difficult to take care of them.
If you become constipated, you are more likely to get hemorrhoids. Pregnancy and constipation sometimes go hand in hand. Making sure that you remain regular will help you keep healthy. You will also want to make sure that you keep clean, and dry in that area. Wiping with a moist cloth, such as a baby wipe, will help with keeping clean and not irritating the area with dry, rough, toilet paper.
You may also want to make sure that you don’t overdue physically with things such as lifting heavy objects, sitting or standing in one position too long. Taking a few minutes to move around and stretch will help keep circulation going in the area, and make it less likely that your veins will become irritated and inflamed. Pregnancy hemorrhoid symptoms can also be relieved by taking a warm bath, using aloe vera gel, and making sure you get enough fiber and water each day.
If you need to take an iron supplement there is a greater chance of becoming constipated. Talking to your doctor about other ways to prevent hemorrhoids while pregnant may make the difference for you. With all the joy and anticipation of bringing a new life into your family, the last thing you want is to have the happiness interrupted by the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.
If you notice hemorrhoid symptoms after delivery, make sure you use gentle cleansing to keep from irritating the area. Take extra care to not strain while going. Use a gentle laxative or fiber supplement to help soften your stools. Take a warm sitz bath a couple of times a day. Before you know it you will be feeling better, and enjoying your new little one, hemorrhoid free.