How to Cope With Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
Treating and managing the pain of hemorrhoids during pregnancy is no fun.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hemorrhoids, learn simple things you can do at home to lessen the pain of hemorrhoids.
Things You’ll Need
- Hot water
- Medicated pads (optional)
- Plenty of drinking water
- Fiber rich foods
9 Steps to Cope With Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
1. Begin preventative treatments right away because when these hemorrhoids go away you don’t want to develop new ones.
2. Hemmorhoids can be prevented by getting adequate amounts of vitamin A in the diet, which can be found in carrot juice, and nutritional supplements.
3. Drinking plenty of water and getting more fiber in the diet through dark green leafy vegetables makes the stool softer and helps relieve constipation.
4. A hot sitz bath helps; sit in a few inches of warm water in the bathtub for 15 minutes.
Be sure to dry the skin around the anus thoroughly so that the skin isn’t damaged from the moisture.
5. If soaking in a tub several times a day isn’t an option, a hot compress can be effective, too.
6. Over the counter topical creams can help relieve the pain from a hemmorhoid.
7. Applying counter-pressure during a bowel movement can help protect the skin. Use a medicated pad or even just a piece of toilet tissue
8. Applying a layer of petroleum gel to the affected area can also protect the open would from injury during a bowel movement.
9. In cultures where people squat for bowel movements, hemorrhoids aren’t common.
You can squat for bowel movements by placing your feet on the sides of the toilet seat. Watch your balance.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have a thrombosis (blood clot in a hemorrhoid) you can get immediate relief from the pain with an outpatient procedure that removes the clot.
- If you are bleeding between bowel movements, or you have a hemorrhoid that doesn’t retract back into the anus after a bowel movement (prolapse) then seek medical attention.