Pregnancy: Ages 18-24 Community
About This Community:

A community of expecting mothers (18 to 24 Years Old) offering support through pregnancy and childbirth. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

Pregnancy Symptom: Hemorrhoids...

Hemorrhoids

What It Feels Like

Hemorrhoids are swollen and bulging veins in the rectum that may protrude through the anus. They can cause itching, pain, and bleeding. Up to 50 percent of pregnant women get hemorrhoids, but they don't usually appear until the second trimester. 

Why do you get hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy for many reasons. During pregnancy blood volume increases greatly, which can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Plus, constipation can worsen hemorrhoidsHemorrhoids usually improve after delivery. 

How To Prevent or Alleviate Hemorrhoids

  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods, like whole grains, raw or cooked leafy green vegetables, and fruits. Fiber keeps your bowels regular and your stool soft.
  • Try not to strain with bowel movements.
  • Don't lift weights as this increases pressure in the abdominal area and in the rectal veins.
  • Treat coughs promptly. Try aromatherapy to relieve cough symptoms.
  • Talk to your doctor about using products such as witch hazel to soothe hemorrhoids.
There is generally no risk to your baby caused by hemorrhoids

Recent Activity
2020005_tn?1417986816
Blank
MH Community Mgr, KTowne, and Hollus commented on ribaby15's status
13 mins ago
7721203_tn?1423290936
Blank
OctoberMommy2014 Colby Lee turned 6 months y... Comment
7 hrs ago
1816154_tn?1422843421
Blank
hansen20 commented on TMI. picture. mucous ...
8 hrs ago
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight throughout your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Pregnancy Tracker
Track your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Top Pregnancy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Sian_Evs
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
wyattsmom2015
Algood, TN
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
AubsMomma472014
973741_tn?1342346373
Blank
specialmom
10665671_tn?1413748049
Blank
tasha30214
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
katie_1989
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Oct 20, 2009
by sk123
Last Revision
Oct 20, 2009
by sk123