More than half of pregnant women develop hemorrhoids. These are painful, itchy, and swollen veins in the rectum and anus. It can be as small as a pea to as big as a grape and may develop inside the rectum or protrude in the anus.
Although hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable, they are generally harmless. In fact, they’re common among pregnant women who are in their mid-second to third trimesters.
Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy
A lot of physical changes happen during pregnancy that may lead to the development of hemorrhoids. These include the increased pressure from the uterus (this typically happens on the 25th week of pregnancy) and an increase in blood flow to the pelvic area. Hemorrhoids may also happen after pregnancy as a result of pushing during the labor.
Here are some things women can do to alleviate their condition:
1. Stay regular
Constipation can trigger the development of hemorrhoids due to the added pressure it places on the veins in the rectal area. Eating a high-fiber diet which includes vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and drinking plenty of water can help you have regular bowel movement.
2. Kegel exercises
Doing Kegel exercises regularly doesn’t just help you prepare for childbirth but can also help you be less likely to develop the unwanted hemorrhoids. These exercises can improve blood circulation in the rectum and help strengthen the muscles surrounding the anal area.
3. Keep moving!
Prolonged sitting or standing can lead to hemorrhoids. So, make it a habit to move more. If your work involves prolonged sitting or standing, take a break to move around even for just a few minutes. Doing so keeps the good flow of blood in the rectal area.
4. Take a warm bath
Soaking in a warm tub for 10 to 15 minutes a few times each day can be a big help in alleviating the discomfort.
5. Talk to hemorrhoid expert
Talking to a hemorrhoid expert can help you decide for the best treatment solution for your hemorrhoids during or after your pregnancy. With non-invasive treatment options like Infrared Coagulation (IFC), you don’t have to undergo painful surgery to find relief.
Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville has a team of hemorrhoid experts who can assess your condition and suggest the most effective treatment for your condition. You can request an appointment here or call 865-588-9952.