Many women experience hemorrhoids for the first time during pregnancy. These swollen veins can appear during pregnancy or after giving birth.

When you’re pregnant, you become more prone to hemorrhoids because of the pressure the growing uterus puts on the pelvic veins. On top of that, you experience an increase in the hormone progesterone which relaxes the walls of the veins. This makes the veins more susceptible to swelling.

You may also develop hemorrhoids while pushing during labor and even after giving birth. For several reasons, new moms are more prone to constipation, which is another important factor that can cause hemorrhoids.

What you can do about it
Fortunately, there are things you can do to manage the discomfort from hemorrhoids and prevent flare-ups.

At home, you can do regular sitz baths or soak in the bathtub. You can do this alternatively with the application of cold ice packs on the affected area.

When cleaning your rectal area, use a peri-bottle (a squirt bottle) or a bidet instead of using dry toilet paper. Pat and do not rub with a wet wipe after cleaning it. You may also use hemorrhoid pads containing witch hazel. They work well for hemorrhoids.

You can also ask your doctor for over-the-counter treatments for hemorrhoid symptom relief. Most products can only be used for a certain amount of time so have a discussion with your doctor about it.

If constipation is one of your biggest issues, address it. Add more fiber to your diet. It can help in increasing your bowel movements.

When to see a specialist
Many home remedies work in easing the symptoms of hemorrhoids. However, they will not eliminate hemorrhoids permanently. if you’re not experiencing any relief or if your hemorrhoids seem to be getting worse, you can seek a permanent solution. The team at Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville specializes in non-surgical laser treatment that eradicates 98% of painful hemorrhoids. Best of all, treatment is usually covered by insurance.

With the challenges of being a new mom, hemorrhoids may be the last thing in your mind. Although they’re rarely life-threatening, they can definitely affect your day-to-day life.

If you want long-lasting relief Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center can help. For appointment requests, call the confidential Hemorrhoid Hotline at (865) 588-9952 or visit