Pregnancy is a miraculous experience that most would consider a joy, even through the labor pains. You spend 9 months carrying a beautiful human being and then welcome those endless nights of bonding and feeding. Pregnancy can accrue its share of discomforts as well as pleasantries. During pregnancy, you want to spend less time being concerned with discomfort and more time focusing on what you and your baby needs once they arrive. Being prepared before these occurrences will relieve the worry and allow for an easier transition during this precious time.
A common occurrence
Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, can bring extreme pain with periods of itching and soreness, especially during pregnancy and after the birth. Hemorrhoids occur when there is increased pressure on the veins in the anus or rectal area. Along with the growth and positioning of the baby, many woman also experience constipation. This combination can lead to the formation of hemorrhoids. Should you experience more than unusual discomfort after pregnancy you may have developed hemorrhoids. Your physician can recommend a helpful proctologist to offer the best care during this uneasy stage. These tips will also aid you through the process.
Up your fiber
Though you will probably look for quick relief, and your doctor may prescribe a cream to help, you still need to change a few aspects of your diet. Hemorrhoids stem from constipation and strain on the rectum, therefore you will want to consume plenty of fibrous foods such as fruits and veggies. These natural meal choices will increase healthy bowel movements. Flax seeds, pears, nuts, prunes, and beans are just few of the healthy choices necessary for consumption in order to avoid hemorrhoids.
Yes, even after birth, to increase a steady and healthy blood flow in your body, you must drink the recommended dosage of water per day. Water in conjunction with exercise will help increase bowel movements and avoid constipation.
Balance the gut
You will also need to eat plenty of foods that contain probiotics. If you’re not a fan of fermented cabbage (kimchi), you can easily find your probiotics in yogurt, cheese, and in supplement form. Easing a probiotic into your daily lifestyle will balance the bacteria in your gut, preventing constipation.
Sit in Sitz
A lukewarm bath that includes Epsom salts and herbs is called a sitz bath and is relieving and soothing to the rectal area. Ask your proctologist for more information on sitz baths and how long of a sitz is required per day. He will probably recommend a small basin that fits directly inside your toilet. This technique eases constipation by relieving pressure on the rectal area.
Enjoy bath time
Get used to taking baths or cleaning the inflamed area on a daily basis. Use only lukewarm water, without soap, to clean and soothe the area. Regular cleaning will ease the healing process and remove any bacteria from worsening the pain and infection.
When you feel the urge to go to the bathroom, don’t wait. When you don’t go right away, you are increasing your chances of constipation and aggravating the hemorrhoids. If you are able to squat while going, you will find increased relief of pressure in the rectal area. If squatting isn’t comfortable for you, try hoisting your feet on a stool in front of you while sitting. This will also relieve the pressure from the area.
While stool softeners can ease bowel movements, they can cause even more discomfort, and if you’re not careful, you might wind up taking more than necessary to speed up the process. Ask your local proctology specialist about helpful ways to take stool softeners.