Piles During Pregnancy
Reasons for piles in pregnancy
There are a number of reasons why pregnancy piles affect mums-to-be:
- Your body has more blood circulating around it during pregnancy – making all your veins a little more dilated. Unfortunately that means the delicate veins around your bottom may get sluggish and swollen too, especially when your ever-growing uterus is putting extra pressure on them.
- Straining to go to the toilet is a common cause, so if you’reconstipated like many mums-to-be, eating an extra fibrous diet and drinking lots of water should help your haemorrhoids.
Unfortunately, there's only a limited selection of medication you can take for piles during pregnancy, so ask your doctor which piles cream, ointment or suppository you could use.
Piles medication isn’t the only answer – here are a few other things you can try to speed up your recovery:
- Ease the pressure on your abdomen by lying on your left side every few hours if you can. About 20 minutes of putting your feet up should do the trick.
- Avoid perfumed soaps, talcs or wet wipes. Wash your bottom with plain water after each bowel movement and dry yourself well. Loose fitting cotton underwear will help you feel fresh.
- Go to the toilet whenever you feel the urge – don't put it off!
- Avoid straining and constipation
- Try a little gentleexercise to improve your general circulation.
- Avoid too much sitting or standing and relax in a warm bath if you're troubled by itching. If that doesn't suit you, some people recommend an ice pack instead.
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