Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are common, especially when you are in the third trimester. It can lead to pain, discomfort, and bleeding. In most cases, hemorrhoids during pregnancy can disappear after you deliver. Here are some natural methods that can help you take care of your condition:
Take warm baths
You can try this simple remedy. Take a warm bath or soak your bottom in warm water in a tube for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day and after your bowel movement. You can buy the tube in a drug store. This can help ease pain and discomfort. Remember to clean your bottom before you try this remedy.
Apply an ice pack
An ice pack may help. Ice can decrease the size of the blood vessels in your bottom. Thus, it can help reduce pain and swelling. You can buy a cold compress in a drug store or use an ice pack. Remember not to put the ice directly on your skin because it can cause cold burn.
Moisten the toilet tissue
Moistening the toilet tissue may be useful. Many women have done this and see the improvement. You can try this, too. Wet tissue may make you feel more comfortable to use than normal tissue. Moisten tissue with clean water before you use after a bowel movement.
Drink plenty of fluids
Drink plenty of fluids can help you keep your stools soft so they can pass out more easily. Water is the best. Try to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water throughout the day. You can also drink other fluids such as milk or fruit juices. Prune juice can be useful to help you relax.
Eat more fiber
Change your diet. Add more whole grains, cereals, vegetables, fruits, and beans to your meals. Fiber can also help your stools becomes softer so they can travel more easily and quickly. You can also try supplements if you cannot get enough fiber from the foods you eat. Eat foods slowly and cut them into smaller pieces to avoid sticking.
Doing exercises regularly is good for your health. You can try Kegel exercises daily. These exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the anus, vagina, and urethra. They can also help increase the circulation in the rectal area. You can have less risk of hemorrhoids. You can also consider brisk walking. This means you walk gently while keeping your normal breaths. Walk 20 to 30 minutes each day.
Choose loose fit and soft clothes. This can help prevent irritation and keep the affected area dry.
Clean the affected area gently. Do not scrub too hard. Use clean water and alcohol-free cleansers to wash the bottom, especially after every bowel movement. Use white toilet tissue to prevent irritation from colored one.
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Review Date: March 3, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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