Pregnant and hemorrhoids, many pregnant women suffer from it. Hemorrhoids (haemorrhoids) are often painful and difficult. Pregnant women are more likely to develop hemorrhoids. What are hemorrhoids, how do I get them and what matters most: how do I get rid of them?
Everyone has swelling bodies at the end of the inside of the rectum and at the beginning of the sphincter. Sometimes one or more erectile bodies collapse, there is then swollen veins. A bit similar to varicose veins, but then in the anus. Hemorrhoids can be on the inside of the anus, but sometimes they are so swollen that they drop out. Hemorrhoids cause a painful feeling during and after bowel movements.
During the pregnancy the tissue weaves at several places, this happens under the influence of the hormones. The swollen blood vessels are weak spots where too much pressure is exerted by prolonged sitting, insufficient exercise, overweight and food with too little fiber. Because of less fiber in the diet, the stool becomes dry and hard: you have to press harder during the bowel movements. As a result, the weak spots get irritated and swell, sometimes they drop out. This creates hemorrhoids. During the delivery, hemorrhoids can also easily occur: the pressure during the contractions and especially the contractions on the anus is enormous.
Sometimes piles bleed so far out that they come out through the sphincter, they are visible from the outside. It often gives a feeling as if something is pressing on the anus. The mucous membrane is also often very sensitive, so there may be some blood loss during pressure or wiping. There can also leak some mucus or very loose stools through the sphincter, which in turn gives that typical itchy feeling. The blood can also irritate the skin, itching or a burning sensation than perceptible. Hemorrhoids can also pinch, they will bleed and pain will develop. A thrombosed hemorrhoid is even more painful: the blood flow in the hemorrhoid stops because the hemorrhoid is pinched too much and a blood clot develops in the hemorrhoid.
Someone who suffers from hemorrhoids will always suffer from it: sagging hemorrhoids will no longer heal. However, the complaints can be reduced by eating high-fiber foods and drinking a lot of water. This keeps the stool thin and there is less pressure on the hemorrhoids. In case of urgency, one must go to the toilet as quickly as possible, this prevents the stool from remaining too long in the rectum and becoming harder.
Lose weight during pregnancy is not recommended, but even after giving birth the woman continues to suffer from hemorrhoids and weight loss can reduce the symptoms. A warm bath is always relaxing: for the woman herself, for her stomach and back pain, but also for the anus: it relaxes.
An ointment is available through the GP: it works itch and pain relieving. Sometimes, in the case of serious complaints, further treatment is possible: the hemorrhoids are pinched with a rubber band, which causes them to die off, or a liquid is sprayed under the mucous membrane of the hemorrhoid so that it adheres. Very large hemorrhoids are removed, this is still rare.