Hemorrhoids in pregnancy are a short-term problem, and they get better after your baby is born. Still, there are some things you can do to relieve the discomfort:
- To relieve pain, sit in a tub or sitz bath several times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes each time. When you use a tub bath, don’t fill the tub all the way. Just put in enough warm water to sit in. That will direct blood flow to your rectum.
- Use ice packs or cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- Ask your healthcare provider about creams or other medicines, such as stool softeners, that are safe to use during pregnancy.
It’s important to prevent constipation by including lots of fiber and fluids in your diet.
Also try not to strain with bowel
movements, and avoid sitting for a long time. Regular Kegel exercises can help improve
muscle tone, These exercises involve squeezing and relaxing the muscles in your vaginal
and rectal area.
Most varicose veins that develop during pregnancy get better within the first year after birth. But for now, limit standing or sitting for a long time without a break, and try not to cross your legs. Also try to raise your legs and feet whenever you’re sitting or lying down.
Avoid tight clothing around your waist, thighs, and legs, as it can worsen varicose veins.
Be sure to check with your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen or you have excessive bleeding from hemorrhoids. And remember that these problems are usually short-term and get better after delivery with time and treatment.