Hemorrhoids often occur in pregnant women usually in the final 6 months of pregnancy. The pressure on their pelvic region increases with the baby’s weight, causing damage to blood vessels. Sometimes, when a woman has to strain during labor, it will cause them to worsen. Read on to find some tips to help minimize this condition and treat the pain and inflammation associated with it.
Consider enhancing your hygiene habits, and the products you use in the bathroom, in order to help prevent painful external hemorrhoids flareups.
Select toilet paper that is soft and doesn’t leave behind a residue, and wipe yourself with a moist wipe after defecating.
You do not have to suffer needlessly through a bout of hemorrhoids with no relief at all. Allow yourself to soak in a warm sitz bath for up to 10 minutes, as many times per day as time allows. Try using cold compresses to get some relief.
A simple remedy you can use at home is applying ice, then heat. The alternation of extreme temperature causes the hemorrhoids to shrink and disappear. First, put ice on the hemorrhoid for 10 minutes, then immediately follow up with 20 minutes of moist heat.
Witch hazel is very effective in alleviating the pain caused by hemorrhoids. Witch hazel contains natural ingredients that reduce the size of the hemorrhoid, thus, providing relief. Use a cotton ball to apply witch hazel or pour it in your sitz bath.
Ice can be used to reduce hemorrhoid pain. Inflamed hemorrhoids can cause significant pain. An ice pack can reduce both pain and swelling. For even more relief, you can replace ice with warmer compresses and keep switching back and forth between the two. Soaking in a lukewarm tub and then switching to a cold compress, is a good way to ameliorate the discomfort and swelling caused by hemorrhoids.
Whole wheat bread is great to consume for digestion purposes and can improve hemorrhoids. As an added benefit, whole wheat will also help to reduce general skin irritation. When you’re planning to make your next sandwich, make sure you chose wheat instead of white.
Before you turn to a doctor for a prescription to treat hemorrhoids, try implementing home remedies. Many people swear by sitz baths to relieve pain, particularly if you have had a strenuous bowel movement. Avoiding scratching the area, as this can worsen the problem. Instead, dampen some pads with witch hazel and apply them to the hemorrhoids for temporary relief! Consume food high in fiber, and drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. This can help keep you from too much straining while having bowel movements.
As stated from the above article, hemorrhoids are a common occurrence over the final 6 months of pregnancy, and can worsen when you begin to push due to the labor. However, you want to drink plenty of water, eat fiber, not straining and take the other precautions that can help to avoid them. Take the information you have learned here and use it to lessen your chances at getting hemorrhoids.