About 20% to 50% women are affected by hemorrhoids during pregnancy; and this usually occurs during the third trimester. Hemorrhoids also called or known as piles are common with women affected by constipation. Other possible causes as well as prevention and cure will be discussed in this article.
What are piles? They are described as varicose veins appearing in the rectal area; and can sometimes protrude from the anus. They are often times itchy, painful, and sometimes rupture and bleed. They occur when straining causes the veins in your rectum to bulge or swell and enlarge. Some of the common causes of piles include the following:
- Pressure of sitting or standing for long periods of time.
- Straining during bowel movements.
- The strain of excess weight.
However, during pregnancy, causes are slightly different from other conditions. Some popular causes of hemorrhoids during pregnancy include the following:
- Straining, especially during hard bowel movements, traps more blood in the swollen veins, which makes piles highly painful.
- It has also been revealed that straining can also cause hemorrhoids to protrude from the rectum.
- The growing uterus of a pregnant woman can increase the pressure on the veins in the lower body, which also leads to hemorrhoids.
- Chances of you getting hemorrhoids during pregnancy could also not be ruled out if you have had before; and this could happen as a result of child labour.
How do I prevent piles? Some of the ways known to be highly effective when it comes to preventing piles during pregnancy include the following:
- Eat raw fruits, vegetables, and bran cereals that contain fibre.
- Get involved in lots of exercises such as walking; 2 1/2 hours of aerobic exercise every week, and a few others. Please note, it is important to contact a medical expert to find out which exercise is suitable for you.
- Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
- Drink about two glasses of fruit juices, such as prune.
- Always go to the bathroom as soon as the urge develops.
- Avoiding sitting in a particular spot or place for a very long time.
- Lie on your left side to take the pressure off when lying down.
However, you can also do a couple of things to either reduce the pain or cure the condition. Some of the things you can do include: soaking your rectal area in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes a couple of times a day; find out from a recognized health practitioner which over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams are safe to use; ice packs or cold compresses for 10 minutes up to four times a day; and many more.