Hemorrhoids are swollen but normally present blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum that stretch under pressure -- similar to varicose veins in the legs. Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus (internal) or under the skin around the anus (external).
Ways to soothe your pain
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids (known as "piles" in Britain) are common among pregnant women. The pressure of the baby in the abdomen, as well as hormonal changes, cause the hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These vessels also come under severe pressure during childbirth.

Fortunately, for most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are temporary. Medical treatment of hemorrhoids initially aims to relieve symptoms, typically through things like:

  • Warm tub or sitz baths several times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes.
  • Ice packs to help reduce swelling.
  • Application of a hemorrhoidal cream or suppository to the affected area for a limited time.
  • Rest a few times each day with your hips raised.
  • Practice Kegel exercises.
  • Avoid straining with bowel movements.
  • If your hemorrhoids are not bleeding, take a warm or cool bath for 15 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Use witch hazel pads (such as Tucks).
  • Eat more high-fiber foods to help prevent constipation. G
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid (not alcohol) a day. (Fluid helps to soften bowel movements so they are easier to pass.)
  • Avoid a lot of wiping after using the toilet, or wipe with soft, moist toilet paper. If that's still too painful, wash in the shower and then dry gently.
If your hemorrhoids are severe, talk to your caregiver.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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