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How to Heal Haemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Chief Editor | Published on September 16, 2023

This is unfortunately a very common problem among pregnant women, especially during Trimester 3. Haemorrhoids or piles are areas of flesh containing swollen veins that are located in and around your anus, as well as your lower rectum, and may result in itching or burning sensations, or even bleeding.

Although most piles will usually go away by themselves soon after you deliver, you may want to contact your doctor if you are bleeding or suffering from severe pain.

How Can I Relieve the Discomfort of Haemorrhoids?

Piles can usually be treated at home with some simple remedies:

  • Soak the affected area with warm water, either in a tub or a sitz bath
  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the affected area several times a day to help with the swelling
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time as this puts pressure on the veins in your lower body. If your job requires you to sit, try to get up and walk about for a few minutes every hour. You may also wish to get a haemorrhoid pillow, otherwise known as a ring cushion, which takes pressure off the affected area.
  •  Ask your doctor to recommend a haemorrhoid cream or ointment that is safe to be used during pregnancy
  • Try using unscented, alcohol-free wet wipes to clean the affected area instead of regular toilet paper. A few drops of witch hazel on a cotton pad can also provide relief.

If none of the above works and you find your haemorrhoids are painful, do talk to your doctor as there are over-the-counter and antibiotic medicines that can be prescribed.

How Can I Prevent Haemorrhoids?

How to deal with haemorrhoids during pregnancy, fresh vegetables and water

While pregnancy does make you prone to haemorrhoids, there are still ways to minimise your chances of getting it.

One of the easiest ways you may try to avoid it is to prevent constipation, another common pregnancy discomfort that may contribute to piles.

  • Drink plenty of water (at least 6 glasses a day) to help your bowel movements run smoothly
  • Eat high-fibre food such as fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, prunes and wholegrain bread
  • Avoid straining during bowel movements as this causes your veins to swell and may put you more at risk of getting haemorrhoids
  • Avoid sitting on the toilet for long periods. If you are constipated, ask your doctor to recommend pregnancy-friendly fibre supplements or even stool softeners
  • Exercise regularly to help speed up your bowel movements
  • Do Kegel exercises daily to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which may help prevent haemorrhoids
  • Answer nature’s call immediately! Go to the toilet immediately when you have the urge to pass motion, and do not linger on the toilet bowl as this may put extra pressure on your rectum
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