Hemorrhoids or rectal varicose veins or sometimes called piles can be uncomfortable, itchy, and downright painful. You will be happy to know that they are harmless and very common in more than 50% of all women during pregnancy, particularly in the 2nd to 3rd trimesters.
WHAT CAUSES HEMORRHOID?
Pressure from enlarged uterus begins at 25th week in addition to increased blood circulation to pelvic area. This can cause veins in the rectal wall to bulge, swell and itch as well. Constipation cause or aggravate, hemorrhoids because when your stool is hard, the excessive straining is needed to eliminate it which can place a pressure on veins in rectum and cause them to bulge and swell. It is also caused by postpartum because of pushes during labor. However good news is that you can do lot to treat or even There’s a lot you can do to treat them, and fortunately they will go away after delivery.
WHAT TO DO TO TREAT AND MANAGE HEMORRHOID
- Stay regular with your diet drink ample of water and increase your fiber food to avoid constipation.
- Kegel Exercises not only prepare your perineal floor for delivery, they also improve blood flow to prevent hemorrhoids.
- Sleep on your side that means do not sleep on your back (that must be avoided anyway after first trimester). This reduces the pressure on affected area. Also try lying down on your left several times daily to relieve pressure on rectal veins.
- Don’t stand or sit for long stretches at a time, take a brisk of 5 minute walk after every every hour to improve blood circulation to the area and help flush things out.
- Do not strain and linger during bowel movement.
- Stay clean; Use lukewarm water and two-ply toilet paper to wipe out your rear after your bowel movements. Never wipe too hard because it can irritate your sensitive tissues. Use wipes if toilet paper is very harsh and not suitable to your sensitive rear.
- Warm bath: A 10 to 15 minutes soak in bathtub will allow you to stay clean and reduce discomfort as well.
- Try ice packs or witch hazel: Both of them can help in soothing the sting of the hemorrhoids.
- Take a donut shape pillow: If you find it uncomfortable sitting for long a donut shape pillow can help you to ease the pressure.
- Talk to a health expert: A health expert can recommend a topical cream to relieve pain and itching or stool softener to relieve the pressure during bowel movement.