Pregnancy is one phase of a woman’s life that makes a woman go up and down a joy ride. In the one hand you have the pleasure of receiving a life whereas on the other hand there is fear of the unknown, fear of delivery pains. Apart from this there are a lot of things that an expecting mother has to take care of, her diet, her blood pressure, exercise and digestion.
These things have to be in the right balance to let the mother feel comfortable. Digestion out of all can be quite taxing mentally and physically too. If not taken care of properly most women experience constipation during pregnancy especially in the last trimester, it even may take shape of what is called hemorrhoids.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swelling of blood vessels in the rectal area; these are developed when constipation prevails for a long time. Hemorrhoids usually vary in size from as small as a pea to as big as a grape. They can be uncomfortable during a bowel movement and might give some blood stains too.
Pregnancy And Hemorrhoids
During pregnancy hemorrhoids become more common as the uterus puts a lot of pressure on the pelvic area. Because of this, the return of blood from the lower half of the body is reduced and hence increases pressure on the pelvic veins causing them to swell further. Constipation of course is one prominent reason for the development of Hemorrhoids. During bowel movement the hormonal levels change which cause the walls of your veins to relax and hence, more swollen.
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How To Get Relief From Hemorrhoids?
First is hygiene, keep the area clean. Using moistened wipes will be more of help then simple toilet papers. Don’t pressurize too much for a bowel movement as the area is strained a lot at that time. Applying ice packs is known to be quite relieving, you can try them out. Apart from ice packs, merging your body in warm water is also of quite help.
Take care of your diet. Consuming milk is known to be constipating, have yogurt instead of milk. Lady’s finger is known to be quite beneficial in keeping your bowels going, eat them alone for an easy movement! Consume lot of fruits especially fresh and seasonal ones. Keep yourself hydrated all the time.
Also have meals regularly on time and don’t over eat at one time, instead have small and frequent meals. This not only helps to have a healthy food habit but also allows you to have a variety in your diet. Some iron tablets also are known to cause constipation, ask your doctor to change them to another capsule or tonic till the hemorrhoids subside.
Avoid standing and sitting continuously for long periods, alternate with lying on your sides for a while. Also walking is better then standing or sitting as there is some blood circulation going on in your body. Also as suggested by the old granny’s is that the more you walk, the faster is your delivery.
Sleeping on the back shall be avoided as it strains the back and the pelvic area. Always turn to your side while getting up from the bed. This is the time when a lot of pressure is put on the pelvic area. Lying on the left side for a while is known to be quite beneficial for digestion.
Also, be regular with your routine of getting up and sleeping, as this also affects your bowels. Be regular with the Kegel exercise of tensing your vaginal and rectal muscles for a few seconds and releasing them. Repeat them throughout the day so as to have a strong pelvic area.Regular exercise of walking is also required to avoid hermorrhoids.