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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

Speak to one of our experienced advisors. All enquiries are handled with complete discretion.

eXroid COVID-19 Update

Elective treatments suspended for the next 3 weeks
Following the Prime Minister’s national address at 20:30 on Monday 23rd March, it is imperative that we do our utmost to restrict the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard our patients and their communities, our staff and our clinics. Whilst we will always aim to do all we can to help and bring relief to our patients, we are bound by the greater cause to limit this highly infectious virus. We are therefore, as of now, re-scheduling all of our clinics and appointments to over 3 weeks into the future in line with the government guidance.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and we will speak to everyone of our booked patients individually and do all we can to provide support.

We do, however, understand that there are some extreme cases and where patients feel there is an extreme detriment to their quality of life and / or they are suffering excessive bleeding, we will continue to provide our service on an emergency basis, where possible. This will be preceded by a triage call with myself initially, to ascertain what the issues are and to try to help remotely with a prescription, if possible, in the short term. If you have any concerns please contact us on 0800 999 3777.

We will continue to keep all of our patients directly informed and fully intend to treat everyone as planned, once the current restrictions have been lifted, presently scheduled for after the next three weeks.

The latest information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Again, if there are any questions or support we can offer, our team will remain working and available to support.

Kind Regards,

Dr Mark J. Hudson-Peacock,
Chairman and Medical Director