If pregnancy itself is overwhelming and stressful, hemorrhoids along with it are even more stressful. If you are thinking about what hemorrhoids are, they are just the swollen veins near your rectum. They can be inside or outside of your anus and can become large and swollen, causing pain and irritation. 

Hemorrhoids usually develop during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. They are also seen developing during and shortly after childbirth. And up to 50% of pregnant women develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy. The reason behind this during pregnancy is constipation that is often seen in 2nd and 3rd trimesters. 

Here are a few quick tips to avoid hemorrhoids during pregnancy, 

#1. Take a stroll every few minutes 

Do not sit or stand for long periods, especially during long hours of work. It puts pressure on the lower body veins. When you do sit for longer durations, use a pillow for support. You might feel a rocking chair or recliner may be more comfortable than a standard. Walk or stroll for a few moments as a quick break. 

#2. Exercise for about 30 minutes 

Yes, exercise is a good way to relieve the stress on your rectum. Exercise will also make your body adjust to the growing changes. Walk or do simple yoga for 30 minutes most days. It is definitely a good idea than anything else for hemorrhoids and constipation. 

#3. Add fibre filled food and fruits to your diet 

High fibre foods will ensure smooth bowel moments and reduce the built-up stress around the rectum. Fruits are highly filled with fibre. Adding them to your diet will loosen up the intestinal stress and reduces constipation. 

#4. Frequent sitz baths 

Sitz baths are one of the proven and highly effective methods to prevent and cure the condition of hemorrhoids and fissures. It will help you relax the veins and soothes down the irritation around the anus. It will also remove the pain if there is any caused by the hard stools. 

Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are common, but you must seek treatment immediately if you discover hemorrhoids. They can get worse and affect your pregnancy in many ways, including mental stability disturbance. After childbirth, your hemorrhoids may clear up on their own or require a little treatment. In most of the cases, they are seen to vanish away without much effort! 

*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision. 

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