Although women are very susceptible to hemorrhoids during pregnancy, with a balanced diet and not straining when going to the bathroom pregnancy caused hemorrhoids commonly vanish away on their own. This can happen just a couple of weeks after a woman gives birth.
However if the hemorrhoids bleed or have a purplish appearance, you may need to consult your doctor.
These symptoms can be an indicator that a more serious problem is occurring that cannot be cured by alternative treatments or home remedies.
On the other hand, as long as neither of those symptoms have appeared, home remedies are the best method to ease the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.
While hemorrhoids that form can vary from painful to merely irritating there are many, many things you can do to get relief.
1. Hot and Cold Compresses
Most women find help from hot and cold compresses. For a hot treatment, a Sitz bath is suggested using lukewarm water and sitting in it for at least 20 minutes at a time for two to three times a day. After getting up from the bath, apply an ice pack in a towel and sit on it for a few minutes.
2. Toilet Tissue
As addition to this treatment routine, be sure to only use simple, unscented white toilet tissues or wipes that don’t use chemicals. Most women use wipes dabbed with baby oil or witch hazel that have a relaxing effect.
You can find it beneficial to take away strain by sitting using a footstool, particularly on the toilet seat. You can also use a Squatty Potty when sitting on the toilet.
4. Control Sitting
Do not sit on a toilet for too long trying to push to make your bowels work.
This straining will just make the hemorrhoids even worse.
In reality, you should avoid standing or sitting for prolonged hours for any reason, as these positions can put tension in the rectal area.
5. Laying Down
Whenever you sleep, rest or watch TV, lie on the left side of your body to help relieve pressure on your hemorrhoids. This position carries the weight and tension of the inferior vena cava and the blood vessels in the rectal area.
6. Mild Exercise
Constant, mild exercise, such as a brisk walk for thirty minutes three to four times a week, helps significantly with both pregnancy and hemorrhoids. But before performing any kind of exercise regimen, consult your doctor, and do slower exercises during the last quarter of pregnancy.
Most pregnant women sense the need to walk during labor,of even immediately after giving birth.
One kind of exercise regimen to consider is called Kegel exercises. They are basically movement of the pelvis area. This exercise also aids with pregnancy as well as hemorrhoids.
Performing three reps of ten contraction and releases at least two to three times every day adds circulation to the area and helps the muscles get ready for giving birth and speeds up recuperation time after birth.