Being pregnant is a wonderful and special time in our lives and it represents also a special or unique state that our body goes through. The end result is a wonder - a sweet little child that we await so much.
To make this happen our body goes through several changes and transformations to make this all possible and related to that there are also challenges. Some of them are added body weight, pressure, straining and challenges in blood flow or we even get hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
These all are key components for raising the probability for the formation of Hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are an annoying issue causing pain and itching in the rectal area, also discomfort by sitting and moving. When you don`t deal with the symptoms, hemorrhoids may develop further and there may also be bleeding. Hemorrhoids, in general, are a common issue, but due to special conditions, women are more likely to get them during pregnancy.
The reason why we are more receptive to hemorrhoids during pregnancy is that your uterus is growing and that puts pressure on the pelvic veins and on the large vein on the right side of the body that receives blood from the lower limbs. This pressure can slow the return of blood from the lower half of your body increasing the pressure on the veins below your uterus and causing them to become more dilated or swollen.
As also mentioned above: added weight, pressure and straining are the key causes for developing hemorrhoids.
When this swollen hemorrhoid tissues enlarges, weakens, and come free of its supporting structure it will form a sac-like bulge on the inside wall of the anus or lower rectum area. Hemorrhoids may become the size of a pea or grape.
Pregnant women who are suffering from hemorrhoids may experience itching, burning, uncomfortability, pain and less frequently rectal bleeding.
There can occur two types of hemorrhoids during pregnancy - internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids can cause painless bleeding, recognized by light-colored blood in your stool or on your toilet paper after wiping. Sometimes, these internal hemorrhoids can protrude.
If you feel soft swollen masses in your rectal area when wiping then you have external hemorrhoids. These can cause painful, hard lumps around your rectum.
You are more susceptible to hemorrhoids when pregnant, but they are not inevitable. Here are some ways to ward them off – or get rid of them if you do get them:
It is not proven that hemorrhoids can affect your baby. Every person is different and getting hemorrhoids depends much on the physiology and habits of every individual. Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are often related to the additional pressure and mostly disappear after childbirth.
In most cases, the swollen veins shrink back to their normal size after your baby is born, as the blood volume and hormone levels go down gradually after delivery. Hemorrhoids during pregnancy and after it may be necessary to relieve the symptoms or prevent hemorrhoids developing further.
It will be necessary to see your doctor or midwife if the bleeding is very excessive, the blood very dark or you have very intense pain as this may refer to a very severe grade of hemorrhoids or some other disease.
But usually you do not need to see a doctor as hemorrhoids aren't particularly harmful, mostly they are just very unpleasant and an annoying issue.
Important is to deal with hemorrhoids symptoms right away. When leaving them unattended the symptoms may get worse and more painful as they will develop into a more severe state.
Natural treatment, home remedies, and proper behavior will usually help you to relieve the pain, heal the causes and help you to get rid of hemorrhoids!
For more information read also our: Complete guide to holistic hemorrhoids treatment.