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How To Manage Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

The prevalence of symptomatic hemorrhoidal disease is 25 to 35 percent during pregnancy, and it is particularly frequent in the last trimester of pregnancy and immediately postpartum.

Symptoms :

Symptoms range from mild:

(eg, pruritus, discomfort) to severe (eg, intractable bleeding).

hemorrhoids during pregnancy
How To Manage Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Management & Treatment

Since symptoms generally improve after delivery, treatments during pregnancy are:

  1. primarily conservative.
  2. Emphasis on high fiber diet and lifestyle modification.
  3. Kegel exercises and Maintain Good Posture as Sitting or standing for extended periods can put pressure on the rectal area and worsen hemorrhoid symptoms.
  4. Use of mild laxatives and stool softeners to avoid constipation and straining.
  5. Sitz Baths: Soaking in warm water can provide temporary relief for hemorrhoid discomfort. Take regular sitz baths for 10-15 minutes, several times a day.
  6. Topical Treatments: Over-the-counter creams or ointments can help relieve some hemorrhoidal symptoms. However, always consult your healthcare provider before using any medication or topical treatments during pregnancy.

In summary:

If home remedies and lifestyle changes do not provide relief or if your symptoms worsen, consult your healthcare provider. They can provide further guidance and recommend safe and appropriate treatment options.

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