How Early In Pregnancy Do You Get Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum and anus that have become irritated and swollen due to excessive pressure or straining.  

Hemorrhoids are a common condition that affects more than forty percent of the population at some point in their lives. 

One segment of the population affected significantly by hemorrhoids are women who are pregnant.  get rid of hemorrhoids fast

Dealing with hemorrhoids while pregnant is an unfortunate but common occurrence for many pregnant women.  Many women who get hemorrhoids during pregnancy have had no previous history of hemorrhoids.

These painful hemorrhoids during pregnancy can be caused by a combination of factors such as the increase in blood flow to the pelvic region, the growing uterus putting more pressure on the pelvic floor and veins in the lower area of your body and constipation which can be caused by an increase in progesterone. 

An increase in progesterone relaxes muscles throughout the body, which can also slow the digestive system.

If you suffered from hemorrhoids prior to getting pregnant, your chances of having them while pregnant increase significantly.

Hemorrhoids can also occur during delivery, as a result of the strain and stress of pushing the baby out.

Some common hemorrhoids symptoms during pregnancy are; pain and irritation in the rectal area, blood in stool and small painful lumps in the rectal area.

Even though painful and annoying most cases of hemorrhoids during pregnancy can be treated with simple home remedies such as warm sitz baths several times daily, wiping with moist clothes and cleaning the area thoroughly after each bowel movement, applying cool witch hazel packs or ice packs to the area as needed to reduce the pain and inflammation.

If your hemorrhoids can not be controlled with simple home remedies or if they are extremely swollen or bleeding you should contact your doctor immediately to find out other options for treating your hemorrhoids.

To avoid getting hemorrhoids during pregnancy you should eat a healthy high fiber diet consisting of plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, stay hydrated, get some low impact exercise daily such as waking or swimming, do Kegel exercises to improve blood flow in the area, sleep on your side to reduce some of the pressure on the veins in the rectum, avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.

If you have sit for long periods of time, get up every hour or so to stretch and relieve some of the pressure off your rear end.  You can also purchase a donut pillow to sit on.   A donut pillow will help to reduce the pressure to the area when sitting.

How early in pregnancy you get hemorrhoids varies from person to person but the majority of women who suffer with hemorrhoids while pregnant tend to report them occurring in the third trimester when the uterus is getting pretty large, but it is also possible to get them much sooner.

In most cases after the baby is born the hemorrhoids will go away on their own but if they do not, you should speak with your doctor about other treatment options.

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