Now, being pregnant is obviously a wonderful thing. You are going to have a beautiful child at the end of it after all. Before you get to that point however you are going to have to deal with a number of issues. The vast majority of women are concerned about morning sickness and the like, however there is one problem which is a great deal more unpleasant and occurs more often than you may think. Let me introduce you to Hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
How Do I Know if I Have Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy?
So, how do you know when you are suffering from hemorrhoids? Well, during the early stages the vast majority of women will not even notice that they have symptoms. Perhaps the first sign of hemorrhoids will be blood appearing on the toilet paper. In addition to this you may also find that there is a bit of pain and discomfort down there. This includes itching and the like. In addition to this, in some cases you may also find that the hemorrhoids start to protrude from the anal opening. Again, this is going to be VERY noticeable. Find out more about the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Why Do They Occur During Pregnancy?
Hemorrhoids during pregnancy will impact roughly one in every three women. Most of the time the Hemorrhoids will start to occur during the earliest months of pregnancy, although in some cases they can last the full nine. As you may know, hemorrhoids mainly occur when too much weight is put upon the lower reaches of the body. However this is not the only reason as to why they occur in women who are pregnant. These could also be major causes:
- When you are pregnant the amount of space left in your body becomes limited. This can reduce the amount of blood flowing into the veins past the pelvis. This can then cause the veins and blood vessels which lead to hemorrhoids to become weak. This will in turn lead to them become inflamed due to their new ability to become easily irritated.
- Hormones that are produced during pregnancy are also known to relax the various tissues throughout the body, and that includes ones around the anal area. As they become relaxed they start to swell and grow in size. This is obviously not ideal.
- The mother obviously now needs to supply blood and nutrients not only to herself but also to her unborn child. This means that the blood supply within the body goes up by around 40%. Obviously not all of this can go to the child and it needs to go somewhere. The problem is that the blood vessels and the like are not good at dealing with this increased amount of blood and as they struggle to send the blood back to the heart, the blood vessels start to become inflamed.
How Do I Prevent Them?
Obviously no woman wants to deal with hemorrhoids. After all, you are going to have enough problems carrying the baby around in you. Thankfully there are a couple of things that you can do to reduce the risk of hemorrhoids occurring. Sadly they will ONLY reduce the risk. This means that there is still a chance you can deal with the condition no matter how much effort you put into it.
The main thing you are going to want to do is avoid constipation. The harder it is to pass your stools, the more likely you are to be putting a LOT of pressure on your bowels which is not needed. There are a couple of ways in which you can do this. Mostly you are going to want to drink a lot of water. Most people suggest at least eight glasses a day, but if you can try to do more. This does not just have to be water though. Fruit juices and herbal teas tend to be packed to the brim with liquid that will help smooth the passage of that stool. Do not drink caffeine or alcohol. This will increase the chance of constipation. Obviously it should go without saying that you are also going to need to work on getting more fibre into your diet.
You should always make sure that you try to heed the call of nature as soon as it comes. You should not delay using the toilet. If you do then this is going to be placing a lot of unneeded pressure on your bowels and that is obviously not going to be ideal. You will also want to ensure that you do not strain when you get on that toilet; in fact, you should not even sit on it for too long. If it does not feel as though it is going to come within the next few minutes then you should get up and try again later. Read more about hemorrhoid prevention.
Is There Any Treatment Available?
If you believe that you have hemorrhoids during pregnancy then I do suggest that you talk to your doctor as soon as possible. This is in part down to the fact that they really need to know. Whilst there are a number of different treatment options out there on the market for dealing with the condition, only a few of them are actually suitable for use during pregnancy due to the potential side effects of using others on the unborn child. These obviously need to be avoided. If you are going to be picking up the treatment yourself from your local pharmacy then you DO need to make sure that you read through the warning guide to make sure that it can actually be used whilst you are pregnant. If it warns against it then avoid. Your pharmacist should be able to provide you with advice on the best treatments that you can use. To be honest with you, the vast majority of creams can, it is mainly the ones that are steroid based that you will not be able to get over the counter, although they are something which you are going to need a prescription for anyway.