Many women yearn to get a child, yet few of them would ever have anticipated getting haemorrhoids due to pregnancy. They are not as uncommon as some may think, especially among pregnant women. Those who have never had them are more likely to get them during their pregnancy.
Why do they occur?
Pregnant women are more likely to get baby haemorrhoids in the later stages of pregnancy because as the foetus grows it exerts more pressure on the veins and arteries in the rectum. It is this same pressure that has been known to cause varicose veins and clotting in pregnant women as well as other pressure related illnesses. Keen observation of senses in the lower abdomen, below the uterus level is key in detecting haemorrhoids. No pain is insignificant and one should not endure unnecessary discomfort if it can be averted.
Constipation is another cause of baby haemorrhoids that most are not aware of. It often inflames the area and leads to the haemorrhoids rupturing and eventual bleeding. Keeping your fluid levels high and taking in lots of water will keep this from happening and easing off any unnecessary strain. Under normal circumstances, pregnancy is hard enough but you will want to avoid unnecessary pains if you can.
Hormonal changes in pregnant women are also another factor that contributes to baby haemorrhoids. They increase of progesterone during pregnancy causes your veins to lose their natural protective mechanism against swelling. It’s when the walls relax that haemorrhoids form since there is nothing to prevent the swelling. Progesterone is the hormone that is also related to constipation and makes your already bad situation worse.
What should you do if you have haemorrhoids?
There is little that can be done to aid pregnant women with their hormonal levels during this period. If you are concerned and or happen to take note of any pain in your lower abdomen consult your doctor at once and put your mind at ease. Research in this area has revealed many effective therapies and medications out there that can aid with the symptoms, if detected early on, make use of them as soon as possible. This will benefit you both you and the baby. Consult your physician before consuming any over the counter drugs. You should also consider trying out natural remedies, which also tend to work wonders.
Do not suffer in silence. Ask your physician for assistance.