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Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids, How Does It Cause Them?

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Pregnancy and hemorrhoids can go hand-in-hand. They are a problem that plagues 1 out of every 5 women during their pregnancy. This is because the increase in pressure placed on the rectal veins, which results from a growing uterus or even passing a baby’s head through the birth canal, often causes piles to form. That being said, piles themselves are not dangerous to mother or child; however, they cause symptoms such as pain, discomfort, and bleeding. In addition to symptoms, there are also treatments available.

Consequences of Pregnancy Hemorrhoids

While piles themselves aren’t dangerous for either mother or child, they have consequences for both. For one, they are uncomfortable for the mother, sometimes causing her to dread intercourse. In addition, they can cause symptoms, such as bleeding and pain during bowel movements – neither of which is pleasant. Moreover, piles themselves may lead to constipation – a not-so-desirable byproduct in itself.

Finally, they don’t look great either; nobody wants to show off their rectal veins when they go swimming or wear tight pants!

What Causes Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy?

The most common causes during pregnancy are:

Pressure: As mentioned above, the increase in pressure causes rectal veins to swell up and bulge outside the anus. They can cause this increase in pressure, weight gain, straining during bowel movements, treatments, surgery, or even constipation.

– Low blood volume: During pregnancy, low blood volume results in reduced circulation to the pelvic region. This reduced circulation is often what causes them to form in the first place.

– Relaxed Pelvic Floor Muscles: Because of hormonal changes in a pregnant woman’s body, her pelvic floor muscles become relaxed – increasing the chance she’ll develop them.

Can Pregnancy Cause Hemorrhoids?

Yes. The most common cause of piles during pregnancy are rectal veins pressing against the anus because of increased pressure from various factors such as symptoms, weight gain/straining, and treatments.

How Bad Are Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy?

Piles themselves pose no danger to the mother or child. However, symptoms – such as pain, bleeding, and discomfort – may cause problems during pregnancy. In addition, they are not aesthetically pleasing either! Moreover, surgery is an option for treatment.

Symptoms of Pregnancy Hemorrhoids

Like any other symptoms, piles with pregnancy include: hemorrhaging (bleeding), pain during bowel movements, and anal itching. These symptoms of piles will intensify the closer a woman is to giving birth because both she and her baby are competing for oxygenated blood. The good news is that hemorrhoidal symptoms usually subside a few weeks after birth.

Treatments of Pregnancy Hemorrhoids

Treatments during pregnancy include removal, medications, and creams. In addition, hemorrhoidal pregnancy symptoms can be relieved by movements such as staying hydrated, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly. Finally, piles themselves may cause constipation – a common symptom. This is why it’s essential to keep the bowels healthy and regular through a high fiber diet or laxatives.

Can You Get Hemorrhoid Surgery During Pregnancy?

You can get surgery while pregnant, but there are some risks involved:

– If you opt for removal (which is not advised by midwives and doctors), the rectal veins will become inflamed and bleeding.

– If you opt for medications, these can get through the placenta to your baby, causing side effects such as diarrhea, cramping, or hemorrhagic shock.

– If you opt for creams, it’s possible they won’t be effective on your piles while pregnant – or worse, that they’ll cause further bleeding.

Can Pregnancy Cause Hemorrhoids?

Yes! The most common cause during pregnancy is rectal veins pressing against the anus because of increased pressure from various factors such as symptoms, weight gain/straining, and treatments.

How Bad Are Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy?

Piles themselves pose no danger to the mother or child. However, symptoms – such as pain, bleeding, and discomfort – may cause problems during pregnancy. In addition, they are not aesthetically pleasing either! Moreover, surgery is an option for treatment.

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