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Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy - Inevitable Or Preventable? from Maisie Robertson's blog

Pregnancy and hemorrhoids are a common combination. If you have suffered from hemorrhoids before pregnancy, what you probably won't want to hear is that the likelihood of you having them during or after the birth, is increased.

But the good news is that the risk of hemorrhoids in pregnancy can be greatly minimized, if not completely prevented. Some women only experience hemorrhoids after birth, brought about the pressure from pushing during the second stage of labour, but hemorrhoids in pregnancy occur for many reasons:

1. An expanding uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins - in particular, the inferior vena cava. This large vein on the right side of the body receives its blood flow from the lower limbs.

The pressure on this vein often means that the return of blood from the lower part of the body is weakened.
In turn, this increases the pressure in the veins below the uterus and results in them becoming more distended. This produces hemorrhoids.

2. During pregnancy, there is an increase in the hormone progesterone. Progesterone slows down the intestinal tract - food is not digested as quickly, resulting in constipation. In its turn, constipation tends to cause straining - and straining puts pressure on the rectal veins, producing hemorrhoids.

In addition, this increased level of progesterone in the body causes a relaxation of the walls of the veins, allowing them to swell more easily. The combination of these two factors, means hemorrhoids in pregnancy can easily occur if preventative measures are not taken.

3. Some women find they are less active during pregnancy, and their food intake increases more than necessary. The combination of these two factors, along with the above-mentioned effects of increased progesterone, create an unbalanced digestive system.

However, from personal experience and that of consulting thousands of others, I know hemorrhoids in pregnancy are almost always preventable. Ideally, it's best to start an anti-hemorrhoid regime before becoming pregnant. Your body will actually benefit from this in many more ways, other than just preventing hemorrhoids.

Of course, you should always consult your doctor before undertaking any form of treatment or exercise.

These are my top 6 tips for preventing and treating hemorrhoids in pregnancy.

1. The use of natural supplements to strengthen the veins has proven extremely effective in clinical trials - they've worked better than placebos and drugs. If you are already pregnant and experiencing hemorrhoids, these same supplements can be taken to relieve pain, swelling and bleeding. They have shown no side effects in studies. There are also natural supplements which possess astringent qualities - these have been found to be highly effective in tightening the tissues of the swollen veins.

2. The use of natural supplements to aid the digestive process will help improve a sluggish metabolism. In turn, this will help reduce, if not completely prevent, constipation. Hemorrhoids in pregnancy will be much less likely to bother you if you have a happy stomach.

3. Exercises to strengthen the pelvic area also aids in reducing hemorrhoids in pregnancy. This will help increase blood flow in this region and keep veins more elastic. Also, these exercises will help during the birth process, and minimize excess pressure.

4. Sleep or rest on your left side - this will help alleviate pressure on the inferior vena cava, and increase blood circulation from the lower body. This small adjustment can make a big difference for those suffering hemorrhoids in pregnancy.

5. Avoid constipation and straining - get plenty of fluids and fiber and some suitable exercise - walking is great. Straining on the toilet needs to be avoided as much as possible. Sitting on the toilet for longer than necessary can also cause extra pressure on the rectal veins, so avoid this if you want to help reduce the risk of hemorrhoids in pregnancy.

6. Avoid sitting for long periods of time - this can cause congestion in the rectal veins. Try to walk if only for a few minutes every hour or so.

One of the questions I am most commonly asked by women suffering from hemorrhoids in pregnancy is: Will my hemorrhoids go away after the birth?

My answer is always the same: Of course, it depends on the individual, but the more you do before, during and then after your pregnancy to minimize weakening of the veins, the better your chance of those veins returning to their normal size.

Hemorrhoids in pregnancy are not inevitable - it is not necessary to suffer with them as though they are just a normal part of having a baby.

Neither is it necessary to suffer with hemorrhoids in pregnancy because you are concerned about the side-effects of drugs. The many natural treatments that are available have been the subject of many well-conducted clinical trials, producing highly effective results.

Pregnancy and the birth of your new child should be an enjoyable time of your life. Hemorrhoids can be particularly painful - don't allow them to intrude on your happiness when there are effective options easily available.

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