According to healthline, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum or anus that can be itchy, painful, and sometimes bleed.
During pregnancy, the growing uterus puts pressure on the veins in the lower body, causing them to swell. Hormonal changes can also contribute to the development of hemorrhoids.
To help prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy, you can:
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help soften your stools.
Eat a high-fiber diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to promote regular bowel movements.
Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Exercise regularly to improve circulation and prevent constipation.
Use a stool softener or fiber supplement if your doctor recommends it.
Avoid straining during bowel movements.
If you do develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy, talk to your doctor. They may recommend over-the-counter treatments, such as witch hazel pads or a hemorrhoid cream, to help alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend a procedure to remove the hemorrhoids.
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