Hemorrhoids during Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids (piles) are problematic during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Pregnancy is stressful by its own right. It is a tumultuous period; in which, your body is subjected to tremendous changes. These changes often unfold uneventfully. Occasionally though, afflictions such as hemorrhoids are a by-product of these changes.
They are distinguished by their anatomical position. Internal piles develop inside the rectum. That is why, they are sometimes referred to as rectal lump or lump in the rectum. External piles develop on the edge of the anus and often hang outside.
The symptoms of internal piles include bright red blood on your stool, toilet tissue and toilet bowl. In some rare occasions, internal piles produce mucous discharge and may provoke fecal incontinence.
The symptoms of external piles include pain, irritation and itchiness. The pain becomes especially acute, if the piles are thrombosed. Bleeding may result from external piles but blood loss is rarely anemic.
It is rather common to be simultaneously afflicted by internal and external piles.
Why Pregnancy Increases
Your Risk of Hemorrhoids Affliction
The exact cause of hemroids (frequent misspelling) has yet to be established; however, hemroids are frequently associated with increases in intra-abdominal pressure.
Conditions, which unleash an increase or sharp changes in intra-abdominal pressure, are susceptible to cause hemroids.
Powerful hormones flood your blood stream during pregnancy. These hormones guide and control the safe development of the fetus.
The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) reduces the effectiveness of your immune system in order to prevent your body from rejecting the baby.
The secretion of the potent pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) into the bloodstream begins within 2 weeks of pregnancy.
A weakened immune system facilitates your body’s acceptance of the new baby. But this also means that, you become more vulnerable to afflictions like hemroids.
It is no coincidence that, the occurrence of hemroids is most prevalent in the third trimester. In the third trimester, a phenomenal amount of the hormone estrogen (aestrogen) is chugging through the bloodstream.
Estrogen dilates veins by loosening the venal walls.
When the venal walls are loosed up, they become more susceptible to inflammation upon exertion of additional pressure.
As the fetus develops and amasses weight through the months, it exerts increasing pressure on the lower bowels.
Increased pressure on the bowels is precisely the cause of hemroids.
Prolonged periods of standing or sitting upright also bring enormous pressure to bear on the bowels. Sitting upright is otherwise good, but not during pregnancy because it places the weight of the fetus directly on the vena cava.
The vena cava is a collection of veins with conduct deoxygenated blood from the legs to the heart. Pressure on the vena cava cause it to reduce; thus impeding the flow of blood.
Constipation and diarrhea are frequently cited causes of hemroids.
Constipation is characterized by dry, stony and infrequent bowel movements. Diarrhea is characterized by watery and frequent bowel movements. Both conditions provoke a sharp change in bowel pressure.
Natural Practices that can Prevent Hemorrhoids during Pregnancy
A few lifestyle changes can significantly reduces your risk of suffering from haemorrhoids (British spelling).
The purpose of the changes, which you undertake, should be geared towards mitigating or eliminating sharp alterations in bowel pressure.
Avoid straining during bowel movements. If you experience difficulties in passing stool, take a rain check. Forcing it will only cause a direct pressure increase in your bowels.
Maintain an impeccable state of hygiene in your anal region. Use wet wipes. Dry tissue paper can be abrasive. You can wet normal tissue paper with ordinary water. You can also use wipes which have been treated with witch hazel or Aleo Vera.
Stay clear of perfumed toilet tissue. It seems like a good idea at first glance; however, upon closer observation, you’ll discover that, perfumed tissue is a horrible and even dangerous idea.
Perfumes are alcohols. Alcohols are volatile. They evaporate rapidly, leaving the anal area sore and scorched.
Avoid standing or sitting upright for prolonged periods. Lie on your side instead of sitting upright.
Drink prodigious quantities of water. Drink sufficient water and eat banana fruit. Banana and water are the best recommendation for constipation. There isn’t a better laxative than this unbeatable duo.
Increase your fiber (roughage) intake. Consume both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Foods with high fiber content like corn, white rice, white bread, cereal, fruits and vegetables facilitate metabolism immensely. Fiber absorbs and retains water as food moves through your intestines. As a result, your stool is soft, bulky and easy to pass.
Do your kegel exercises as frequently as possible. The absolute beauty of kegel exercises is that, they can be performed anywhere at any time of the day. You can do it in the beauty saloon or while in your doctor’s waiting room.
Kegel exercises are pretty simple and easy. Contract your vaginal and anal muscles for 5 to 10seconds then relax them. Do this about 10 to 15times on different occasions throughout the day.
Kegel exercises strengthen the floor of the pelvis and the vaginal muscles. This greatly accelerates recovery after childbirth.
Kegel exercises also improve the circulation of blood in the rectal and anal area.
It is common for haemorrhoids to go away after delivery, without medication.
Childbirth coincides with the end of the precursors of haemorrhoids. The voluminous hormone production ends postpartum and the fetus is no longer there to exert excessive weight on the bowels.
Not all women are lucky to have the haemorrhoids naturally disappear postpartum. Sometimes hemorrhoids develop after childbirth due to the strenuous hours of pushing during labour.
If your haemorrhoids persist or occur postpartum, there are a few measures you can take to eliminate them.
Take frequent sitz baths during the day.
A sitz bath is a device fitted over the toilet bowl. A sitz bath permits you to soak your bum in warm water. You can purchase a sitz bath from your local drugstore or you order it online. You can also convert your bathtub into a makeshift sitz bath.
Try out additives like Epsom salt, vinegar or baking soda in your sitz bath (hip bath). Normally, water is completely sufficient.
Also try, alternating between warm and cold water. Some people report that, sharp changes in temperature help improve blood circulation.
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