Hemorrhoids or Piles During Pregnancy: What You Can Do?

Hemorrhoids or Piles During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids or Piles During Pregnancy: Why It Happens & What You Can Do?

If you see drops of blood or feel a lump when wiping yourself after a bowel movement, or have discomfort and itchiness in the anal area chances are you have haemorrhoids.

Haemorrhoids are a mass of dilated veins in the swollen anal tissue which can be itchy, uncomfortable and/or extremely painful.

The pressure from the uterus enlargement has increased blood flow to the pelvic area. This can cause veins in the rectal wall to swell up, bulge and itch. Being constipated can also cause them, and if you already have them it can aggravate the issue. This is quite common in pregnant women but not to worry, there is a lot you can do to help treat them and make them go away.

How to avoid piles in pregnancy?

  • Avoid getting constipated. This means have a high-fibre diet (whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables) drink lots of water and get in some exercise each day. This should help, if it doesn’t you might ask your gynaecologist to suggest a stool softener.
  • If you feel the urge of a bowel movement go immediately and if you don’t have the feeling do not force it or sit for long in the toilet, this adds pressure to the area.
  • Do not sit or stand for long stretches of time. Keep exercising. You could try Kegel exercises which enhance circulation to the rectal area and thus help prevent haemorrhoids.
  • Lose weight : If you’re overweight or obese, your digestive tract is not functioning as it is supposed to. This in turn increases your chance of getting piles in pregnancy.
  • Increase water intake - One cannot stress on the importance of hydration during this time. Drinking water helps you digest food properly and avoid constipation, in a big way. So drink up!

Home remedies for piles during pregnancy

  • Try a hot or cold compress on the area. Alternating the two could give you some respite.
  • Soak your bottom in warm water for 10-15 minutes multiple times a day. This could reduce the discomfort and also help keep the area clean.
  • Always gently but completely clean the anal area. This can reduce the itchiness and irritation.
  • Apply coconut oil gently to the affected area.
  • Applying aloe vera to the affected area also relieves the itchiness and irritation.
  • You can also try eating food containing rutin, which is a health promoting compound which has been proven to alleviate piles. You can try eating rutin-rich food such as oranges, asparagus, cranberries or you can try taking a supplement of it.

Keep all these in mind and remember to ask for medical intervention if you are not able to alleviate pain yourself.