Pregnancy and Piles
Can I get haemorrhoid treatment during my pregnancy?Yes, you can get piles during pregnancy, as part of labour or even after birth. If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware just how much pregnancy can change your body. While you may be enjoying thicker hair and a glowing complexion, your growing uterus has other ideas for your bum. Haemorrhoids are the unfortunate part of pregnancy that no one wants to talk about… The bad news is that treatment procedures to alleviate piles are not recommended for anyone who is pregnant until after the birth. However – the good news is that developing piles during pregnancy is completely normal. You’re not alone and many home treatments can relieve symptoms. These are some of the best ways to remedy the symptoms of pregnancy piles until you’re ready for eXroid’s help. Want to know more? Contact us today.
Why can’t I have a procedure to treat my pregnancy piles whilst I’m pregnant?As your body changes to accommodate the new life you’re growing, pressure on the veins in your pelvis, constipation and an increase in progesterone can all be reasons for developing haemorrhoids during pregnancy. Wanting to get them treated is a normal reaction, however, both surgical and non surgical procedures (including eXroid) are not suitable for those who are pregnant. Treatments are generally safe and effective once you have given birth.
What are the symptoms of pregnancy piles?As with regular piles, symptoms that develop through pregnancy are similar. These include:
- Anal bleeding
- Itchy bum
- Lumps and swelling
- Added pressure that feels like needing a poo
- Anal discharge
- Unusual and unpleasant smells
Treating piles symptoms during pregnancyThese are some of the best tips for alleviating piles while you’re pregnant:
Don’t stand for too longIt’s natural that the further you go into your pregnancy, the less standing you’ll want to do. Sitting and generally being off your feet helps steady your blood pressure. This can reduce pressure in the pelvic area that might otherwise lead to congestion in and around the bum, potentially increasing the risk of haemorrhoids.
Regular exerciseMoving about often is a great way to improve your circulation. As long as your pregnancy is low risk, keeping active through gentle exercises such as walking throughout your pregnancy is generally considered to be good for you and your baby.
Never strain on the toiletProbably the most important advice for dealing with piles – never strain to pass a stool as this can make your haemorrhoids worse by increasing congestion in the veins in this area.
Keep the area cleanWhen you’re finished on the loo, clean your bottom gently with wet wipes or moist toilet tissue. Not only is this hygienic, but the cool moisture will help soothe your anus.
Use a cold compressUse a clean cloth that is wrung out in cold water – or place a few ice cubes in the cloth – and gently hold it against the piles, being careful not to apply too much pressure. This helps to relieve discomfort and reduce swelling, easing those uncomfortable symptoms.
VaselineIf you’re comfortable doing so, use products like Vaseline to push piles that do pop out, gently back inside.
Foods that help with pilesA healthy diet is good for everyone, especially when you’re pregnant. Fibre will keep your stools soft and regular and help prevent constipation, which can cause piles. Foods high in natural fibre are:
- Wholemeal bread
- Fruit and vegetables
- Pulses and legumes
- Brown rice and grains
How long after giving birth should I wait to treat my piles…… or at what point can you get treatment after pregnancy? That entirely depends on you. In a number of cases, piles brought on during pregnancy will naturally remedy themselves. eXroid treatment can be delivered, safely, at any point following your pregnancy. How long is up to you – if you’re recovering well and your piles aren’t clearing up, we can help – even if you’re still breastfeeding. Speak to an eXroid expert today
Summary: Can I treat my pregnancy piles?There are effective ways to help alleviate the symptoms you’ll be having. Things like a good diet, plenty of exercise and a cold compress can go a long way to making you feel better. We always recommend speaking to your local pharmacist, since there are many treatments available over the counter, and, we are always here to help if needed.
Contact eXroidIf you want to know more about our pain-free and non-invasive treatments, get in touch with eXroid and see how we can help you.
Piles During & After Pregnancy
Our medical director Dr Mark Hudson Peacock explains the common symptoms and treatment options for those suffering from piles after pregnancy.