Piles during pregnancy are quite common
One of the things that newly pregnant mums are rarely told about, is that they can become more prone to piles during pregnancy.
There are a number of reasons why this might occur. Your growing uterus, constipation, increased progesterone and even the position of your baby can have an effect.
Why your growing uterus can cause hemorrhoids
As you go through pregnancy, your uterus increases in size. This puts pressure on the pelvic veins, which ultimately increases the pressure on the blood vessels around the anus making them swell and potentially turn into hemorrhoids.
Constipation during pregnancy.
A common problem during pregnancy, constipation is well documented as a contributor to hemorrhoids. The reason for this is straining to have a bowel movement (poo) when you’re constipated. This increase in pressure on the veins around your bottom can ultimately result in a hemorrhoid.
An increase in progesterone can cause hemorrhoids
During pregnancy you produce more of the hormone progesterone. This is perfectly natural, but the downside of this is the effect that this increase has on the walls of your blood vessels, slightly relaxing them, making you more susceptible to hemorrhoids in pregnancy.
When might you get piles during pregnancy.
Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are more common during your third trimester (27 to 40 weeks) when your body is under most pressure. This will be the first time some women will get piles, but if you have suffered with them before then you are more likely to get them again during that period. The act of giving birth during second stage labour can also bring on hemorrhoids.
Piles after pregnancy.
For most new mums hemorrhoids during pregnancy tend to go away after the birth of your child.
Things that will help if you suffer with piles during pregnancy.
There are a few things that will help manage the symptoms of hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
Maintaining a high fruit and fibre diet will help keep constipation at bay, ensuring that the hemorrhoid isn’t aggravated by increased straining.
In the same way, drinking plenty of water will have a similar benefit.
If you can, try to avoid sitting for too long and take gentle walks to keep the blood moving around your body. This produces benefits by reducing the pressure around your bottom.
For instant relief there are a number of creams and ointments that you can try. These are available from your pharmacy and work by numbing the hemorrhoid, reducing the itchiness that you might experience. Read our useful guide about cream and ointments
If my hemorrhoids don’t go away after giving birth, is there a cure?
There is NO cure that will prevent you from ever getting haemorrhoids but there are treatments that can eradicate the hemorrhoids that you have.
The main treatment options can be found here: hemorrhoid treatments
eXroid electrotherapy treatment is a non-invasive non-surgical treatment that can be used to treat internal piles and, for most people, enable you to get back to your life on the same day, see eXroid Treatment.
A discreet call to one of our advisors will put you on the first steps to saying goodbye to your piles. Appointments are usually sorted within two weeks. All treatments are carried out by fully qualified doctors. Contact us