Know About the Risk of Piles during Pregnancy

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Aditya Gupta

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When the blood vessels in your lower rectum become inflamed and swollen, you are more likely to get Piles. Swollen vessels cause aggravation and may hang out of the anus after passing a stool. Visible symptoms include blood after passing a stool, Itching around your bottom, feeling that bowels are still full and need to go or discharge of mucus after going to the loo. There is one question that worries the mothers, Can piles in birth mother harm babies? Be rest assured that there is no risk to your baby with piles. It’s common for women during pregnancy or labor. It cures in the days and weeks following the birth.

Why Piles during pregnancy?

During Pregnancy, the volume of blood circulating around your body increases, resulting in an increase in certain hormones in your body, especially human progesterone. This can make the walls around blood vessels to get relaxed and can cause piles. The risk of getting piles is significantly higher in 3rd trimester whereas it has been recorded that nearly 75% - 85% of women get piles during pregnancy or right after childbirth. The weight of growing baby adds more pressure on your veins, along with constipation (common during pregnancy) also increases the chances of piles in pregnancy.

portraying a pregnant woman with piles

Simple steps for expecting mothers to avoid or prevent piles

Even though piles are common during pregnancy, you’ll be happy to know, by following some steps you can avoid getting piles. Regularly drink enough fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated and constipated, maintain your diet of food, try increasing your fiber intake including fruit, veg, and whole meal bread. Sometimes, a lack of physical activity is also responsible for pile, so you can exercise regularly to help improve your circulation. Ensure that you don’t strain too much in the loo, simply take your time or try again later. You can drink some water or eat some food high in fiber to help you go.

These steps are tried & tested, widely known and proven home-remedies to lower the risk of piles during pregnancy. If you get piles anyway, you can try certain bulk-forming laxative or pelvic floor exercises daily to help you during the gestation period.

dangers to avoid for expecting mothers

How can you treat Piles during pregnancy?

Here are a few things you can do if you have piles to help reduce or cure the symptoms:

  • You can place a towel of ice cold water on the piles to relieve the pain and irritation around your bottom
  • Ensured that carefully clean the area around your bottom after going to the loo
  • You can use moist toilet wipes rather than toilet tissue; pat rather than wipe
  • Sitz bath - take warm baths to ease the itching and pain, also resist the urge to scratch your bottom; it only makes things worse
  • Give a gentle push to piles into the rectum using a lubricating jelly
  • OTC medications such as Anusol are effective to relieve the symptoms of piles
  • Once the piles are healed enough to wipe, use unscented & white toilet tissues

Also Read: Home remedies to treat piles during pregnancy

pictorial representation of treatment to take during pregnancy

If you never want to get piles, you can use the aforementioned practices and rely on treatments which can bring small changes in your life. In cases, where you have started feeling one or two symptoms, it is advisable to rigorously follow the home remedies. If you end-up with the unfortunate condition anyway, we recommend you to look for a permanent and laser-based treatment for piles which is completely safe and brings you up-and-about within 24 – 48 hours.

Also Read: Piles in Children Common Causes, Symptoms and Solution

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