Advice on ways to avoid painful hemorrhoids during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby, with information on symptoms, treatment and relief for hemorrhoids..
Hemorrhoids, also known as piles are swollen veins around the back passage which may itch, ache or feel sore. You can usually feel the lumpiness of the piles around the back passage. Piles may also bleed a little and they can make going to the toilet uncomfortable or even painful. They occur in pregnancy because the veins relax under the influence of pregnancy hormones. Piles usually go shortly after delivery, but this is not always the case. If you suffer from piles you should:
- eat plenty of food that is high in fibre, like wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables, and you should drink plenty of water, this will prevent constipation, which can make piles worse;
- avoid standing for long periods;
- take regular exercise to improve your circulation;
- sleep with the foot of the bed slightly raised on books or bricks;
- use an ice pack to ease discomfort, holding this gently against the piles, or use a cloth wrung out in iced water;
- if the piles stick out, push them gently back inside using a lubricating jelly;
- ask your doctor, midwife or pharmacist if they can suggest a suitable ointment;
- consider giving birth in a position where the pressure on your back passage is reduced, kneeling, for example.