Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for each woman. Although she goes through a lot of pain and troubles for that period of nine months, she also reaps the happiness of having a newborn being in her life. Some problems that women face during pregnancy in general are cramps, urinary frequency and incontinence, heartburn, indigestion, varicose veins, backache, constipation, hemorrhoids, and thrush. Fortunately, some simple lifestyle changes can often relieve your symptoms for any of these problems. But some specific issues require attention and treatment if the situation worsens. One such issue that needs immediate care and consultation of a specialist is hemorrhoids caused during pregnancy.
While the body goes through all sorts of physical differences during pregnancy, hemorrhoids can be a condition that could develop due to various reasons. The prominent reason is when your bowel motions are hard, and it becomes difficult to pass stool, constipation could lead to hemorrhoids. Although they generally considered unharmful to the mother’s health or the health of the baby, they’re usually a short-term problem that cannot be neglected. Pushing in the course of labor can worsen hemorrhoids, but they typically go away on their own after the birth of the child.
Hemorrhoids are a set of swollen veins in the rectum and the anus. They are common in the course of pregnancy, especially during the third trimester where the expanded uterus inserts pressure on the veins. Hemorrhoids can be painful. They may also itch, sting, or bleed, especially during or after a bowel movement.
The uterus gets bigger and begins to press against your pelvis as your unborn baby grows. This growth results in a lot of pressure on the veins around the anus and the rectum. These veins may get swollen and painful as a result of the pressure; hemorrhoids could develop in the rectum area.
Another outbreak that happens during pregnancy is the increase in the levels of progesterone during which contributes to the occurrence of hemorrhoids. Progesterone is a hormone that eases the walls of the veins, making them more predisposed to swelling and in turn resulting in hemorrhoids. Another contributor to hemorrhoids is an increased blood volume, which expands the veins.
There are several procedures, and home remedies suggested for the treatment of hemorrhoids. Some home remedies are –
- A sitz bath, or a small basin that fits over the toilet seat
- Applying cold compresses or ice packs to the area several times a day
- Using moist towelettes or wipes to clean the area after bowel movements gently
If the situation is aggravated, it is suggestible to visit a doctor or a specialist in this condition. There are various surgical and laser procedures available for the treatment of hemorrhoids. Surgery comes with its side effects and post-surgery complications. Laser treatment for hemorrhoids is the latest advancement and proven procedure that comes with an assurance that the issue will not repeat.