First of all, what are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are a result of the weakening of tissues in the rectum and anus, which can enlarge or swell to create a sac-like bulge that protrudes from anus. They are usually temporary, and can flare up at times when the area is under pressure, such as during a bout of constipation, or even during pregnancy. Since pregnancy can come with a whole host of digestive changes due to vitamin insufficiencies or even vitamin overloads, some women are caught off guard when they get hemorrhoids during pregnancy; don’t worry though, about 86% of adults report having them at one time or another – you are perfectly normal!
Hemorrhoids are often painful and frequently itchy. Getting relief can be tough, especially when pregnant due to the limitation on painkillers recommended, and an inability to assume certain, normally relieving positions. There are, however, a few things you can try for relief if you are pregnant and have found yourself battling hemorrhoids.
Here are a few things you can do to help manage a flare up, and avoid future ones:
1. Eat more fiber
Fiber is the most important thing you need to add to your diet if you have hemorrhoids. Not only does it make your digestive system work more smoothly, but the easier you make having a bowel movement, the less time you spend sitting on the toilet which reduces the pressure on the area and therefore reduces the aggravation.
2. Don’t rub them
They get itchy and it’s hard not to take action, but the less you touch them the better. You might be wonder when or why you would be touching your hemorrhoids to begin with, but ‘touching’ includes cleaning in the shower, wiping after using the toilet and even sitting. After using the toilet a wet wipe or a bidet is the best course of action, followed by a pat dry. In the shower, wash correctly but don’t spend more time then you need to on the area and use fragrance free, gentle soap (baby soap is great).
3. Find a stress relieving position
Sitting is the worst thing to do during a flare up because it puts addition pressure on the hemorrhoids which will only encourage additional or prolonged swelling. Standing is better, but still not great, especially considering your addition weight during pregnancy. Whenever possible, lay down on your side with a pillow between your knees and under the side of your belly for support. Rest as much as you can during a flare up, the pressure relief can make a world of difference.
4. Use HemoTreat
Our HemoTreat ointment for hemorrhoids is made with safe ingredients that give you instant relief from the pain and itching of hemorrhoids.
Typical painkillers and anti-inflammatories can help you deal with the discomfort, as well as topical creams, however, you should never self-prescribe these treatments. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using any drug to ensure you aren’t endangering yourself or your baby. This is particularly important if you have any drug allergies, are considered a high-risk pregnancy or are on any doctor prescribed drugs during your pregnancy.
Hemorrhoids are not pleasant for anyone, but they can be particularly difficult during pregnancy when you are limited in the steps you can take to achieve relief and comfort. If you are currently in this boat, give these suggestions a try and consider our safe, alternative treatment, HemoTreat. Always consult with your physician before using HemoTreat during pregnancy. Our ointment will give you fast, effective relief so you can concentrate on the baby and impending motherhood.