What we prefer not to talk about: hemorrhoids
We always talk about nausea, that we are so tired, that you have more and more trouble sleeping, that you have to urinate more often. But we do not want to talk about real embarrassing ailments. It's nice to read something about it, though, so that you know you're not alone!
About 35 percent of pregnant women suffer from hemorrhoids.
What are hemorrhoids exactly?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or your anus. They can differ in size. One is as big as a raisin, the other has the size of a grape. They cause itching, can be very painful and can even cause rectal bleeding.
What are the causes?
- Constipation, because you have trouble expressing your stools, you are pressing harder and harder.
- Because of a higher level of the hormone progesterone, blood vessels can swell, causing your veins to get swollen too.
- The weight of your baby in your uterus can express your hemorrhoids.
- During your delivery the pressure can bring one on.
Hemorrhoids feel anything but pleasant: they itch, can hurt and bleed. What can you do to alleviate the suffering a little?
- You can cool down a bit with an icepack.
- A bath with bath salts
- There are various remedies against hemorrhoids that are available at the pharmacy or chemist.
- Make sure you do not get constipated and stick to a high-fiber diet, drink enough water and keep moving.
- You can always see your doctor.
Did you suffer from hemorrhoids during your pregnancy or after your graceful? Do you have any tips to ease the suffering?