Saturday, November 9, 2013

Relationship between Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

We explained before in the blog of hemorrhoids treatment what are hemorrhoids and what do they look like. Shortly, we can define hemorrhoids as they are blood vessels inside the rectum or in the anus area, that can range from the size of pea to the size of grape.

Hemorrhoids may cause a lot of problems like itching, bleeding especially during a bowel movement and can also be downright painful.

Pregnancy and hemorrhoids have a strong relationship, in other words, some women get the hemorrhoids for the first time while pregnancy. From that we can know that hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy specially the last 6 months. And even if you've had hemorrhoids before pregnancy, you may have them again.

Hemorrhoids develop while you're pushing during the second stage of labor and are a common early postpartum complaint , but the good case is that the hemorrhoids that developed during pregnancy will begin to resolve after giving birth, if you are avoiding constipation.

We have explained before also that hemorrhoids are common to women during pregnancy because they make her more prone to them. This may leads to varicose veins in the legs.

Why pregnancy and hemorrhoids have this relationship?
 In a previous article, we explained that the pressure on the veins in the rectal area and pelvic may causes hemorrhoids. The pregnant woman have a growing uterus that puts pressure on the pelvic veins and inferior vena cava and on the large vein that receives blood from the lower limbs on the right side of her body. This thing can slow the blood returning to the upper half of your body from the lower half, this way it can increase the pressure on the veins below her uterus and make anal canal and the anus more swollen and dilated.
As well, increasing the progesterone hormone during pregnancy that make the walls of your veins relax, leads to constipation and allow the veins walls to swell easily, while the common constipation during pregnancy can also help aggravating hemorrhoids.

How can I cut the link between pregnancy and hemorrhoids?
Pregnant woman must know the way to avoid hemorrhoids during pregnancy. And while there are no clear plan that can avoid getting hemorrhoids, these are some important steps that can help you to get rid of hemorrhoids while you are pregnant if you follow them well:

A)   First this you must pay attention to, is avoiding constipation during pregnancy and on. And you can do it by getting regular exercises even by brisk walking, drinking more than 8 cups of water a day and following a high-fiber diet. Fiber is available well in fresh vegetables and fruits, beans and grains.
B)    Lying  on the left side when watching TV, reading and also sleeping helps your body increasing blood returning from the lower half of your body and takes pressure off your rectal veins.
C)    Avoid sitting and even standing for long periods, even by moving around for a few minutes every hour.
D)   Next advise you must keep in mind, don't wait when you have the urge to have a bowel movement to avoid constipation, and don't linger on the toilet because it puts pressure on the area.
E)    Finally, I advise you to do Kegl exercises every day that can decrease the chance of hemorrhoids by increasing circulation in the rectal area and strengthens the anus muscles and the whole area muscles.
Pregnancy and hemorrhoids are tweedledum, but with following these few advices and steps, can help you avoiding hemorrhoids during pregnancy and helping you recover quickly after giving birth.


  1. Good information!!!! When my wife was pregnant she was suffering from constipation, I tried home remedies for constipation , I made a poultice of crushed onion. I used a small square of nylon pantyhose to hold the onion, with the sides pulled together with a small rubber band. It gave her the relief.

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