Hemorrhoids are literally a pain in the butt. They are commonly an added source of discomfort during pregnancy.
Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
Pregnancy hemorrhoids are no different from the hemorrhoids you get when you’re not pregnant. Although some women are predisposed to them, there are several factors during pregnancy that make them more common among expectant mothers.
One of these factors is constant straining during bowel movement. Changes in female hormones can cause constipation, which in turn, results in straining during bowel movement. This straining can cause the blood vessels in the rectal area to swell.
Pregnancy also increases the woman’s blood volume in her body. This happens to help sustain the needs of the growing baby. However, the sluggish flow of blood in the lower half of the body, which happens due to the growing uterus, causes the blood vessels to swell.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Pain and itching in the anal area, which usually worsens during bowel movement, are the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids. Depending on the type of hemorrhoids you have, there may also be some bleeding and a lump near the rectal area.
Managing Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
If hemorrhoids are bothering you during pregnancy, there are things you can do to manage them.
- Sitz bath
A Sitz bath is one of the simplest and easiest ways to manage the discomfort from hemorrhoids. All you need is a tub of warm water. Sit on it for 10-15 minutes then pat the area dry.
- Ice pack
Although it only provides temporary relief, a cold compress is a quick and cheap way to help you relieve of the discomfort.
- Witch hazel
Witch hazel pads are common home remedies for hemorrhoids. They have a cooling effect and can be used to clean the area.
Stop Living With Hemorrhoids!
Although hemorrhoids sometimes go away after giving birth, this is often not the case. If you’re still living with hemorrhoids post-partum, contact us today to find relief!
The Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville can treat them in-office in as little as 10 minutes with minimal-to-no down time, and treatment is covered by most insurance plans. Schedule an appointment online, or by calling (865) 588-9952.