Pregnancy can give you a nice glow to your still, it can also give you things like hemorrhoids. (It’s a trade off.) What exactly is a hemorrhoid? It’s a swollen vein in your rectum that is usually quite uncomfortable.
Pregnancy brings along increased pressure on your pelvic floor muscles, which tied with constipation is the main cause for hemorrhoids during your third trimester. Once you deliver your baby, the extra pressure is gone so the hemorrhoids can heal.
Some treatments to help you get through this healing process are:
- Sitz Bath→ Sit in a warm water for 15 minutes multiple times a day- especially after a bowel movement.
- Epsom salts and glycerin→ Take 2 tablespoons of unscented Epsom salt and 2 tablespoons of glycerin. Mix the mixture and apply it on a gauze pad. Place the gauze on the hemorrhoid and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Repeat every 6 hours if needed.
- Hemorrhoid relief pillow- The hole in the middle will help avoid putting excess pressure on your painful area. If you have a Boppy Pillow, or something similar, you can use that to sit on as well.
- Ensure you are eating enough fiber rich foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Making sure you are getting enough fiber can make your stool softer and more regular which can help you avoid straining during the healing process.
- Ensure you are staying well hydrated, a blanket statement is 64 fl oz of fluids daily.
As always, check with your health provider before starting any treatments or supplementation.