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Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy: Your Symptoms Manual


What Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy Are

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% of pregnant women get hemorrhoids, but they don't usually appear until the second trimester and can continue to be a pain until the third trimester


Why Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy Happen

Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy for many reasons. Your 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 hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids usually improve after delivery. 

How to Relieve Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy 

  • 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 during 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.
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