The Most Uncomfortable Symptom of Pregnancy
Dealing with hemorrhoids can be a frustrating experience for anyone. The burning, itching, and general discomfort that comes along with hemorrhoids can make hard to focus on almost anything else at all. In terms of pregnancy, this can be especially frustrating. Unfortunately for the pregnant woman, hemorrhoids are a relatively common symptom of pregnancy. In fact, some women who have never had hemorrhoids will experience them for the first time during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are indeed ways that you can deal with your hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
It is useful to understand, first, why hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. To start with, hemorrhoids are, at least in part, the way that a woman’s body is reacting to changing levels of hormones in her body. These changing hormones can change the way that a woman’s system will react to certain types of foods, for example. In addition, the increasing weight of the baby inside of a pregnant woman’s uterus can create pressure that leads to hemorrhoids, as well.
To deal with hemorrhoids during pregnancy, you will need to take a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, you need to do certain things to try to prevent hemorrhoids. Second, you will need to know how to safely and effectively treat those hemorrhoids during pregnancy. In terms of prevention, one of the best ways to prevent hemorrhoids is to eat a diet that is high in fiber. Getting enough fiber will soften stool, and increase the bulk of stool. This helps to relieve straining during bowel movements. Hard stool, as well as straining, will both aggravate hemorrhoids, and sometimes can even make them worse. You can get more fiber by eating foods that are higher in fiber, or by using a nutritional supplement that may have fiber in it. Two of the natural fiber supplements available tend to be psyllium and ground flaxseeds. Even if fiber does not prevent hemorrhoids, it may help to reduce their severity.
There are also treatments available once you do have hemorrhoids. Witch hazel, which is produced from the bark and the leaves of the Hamamelis virginiana plant, has been used for many years to provide relief for hemorrhoids. Witch Hazel may be available in a balm, ointment, spray, and even medicated pads. There are also other herbs that may be used as natural remedies for hemorrhoids. These herbs might include calendula, yarrow, shea butter and St. John’s wort as well as certain essential oils such as peppermint oil or even lavender oil. Often, these herbal remedies are a good alternative to medications designed to help with hemorrhoids that may or may not be entirely safe during pregnancy.