Hemorrhoids and varicose veins are actually the same thing, but only when they appear around the anus or rectum are they called hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, most women who are in the third trimester of pregnancy suffer from them.
The veins are valves that are one-way and move the blood to the heart, but when there is pressure on them and they weaken, the blood goes back and accumulates in some places, leading to dilation and swelling of the veins. The main changes during pregnancy that cause varicose veins and hemorrhoids are:
Increase in the amount of blood.
The weight of the developing fetus strains the large blood vessels that are located in the pelvic area, which alters blood flow.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy affect blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the heart, which in turn causes the small veins in the pelvic area to swell.
With straining, especially with constipation, hemorrhoids get worse. They get worse during pregnancy if you have previously been overweight and suffered from hemorrhoids. The huge strain on the veins during childbirth is also a reason for the aggravation of the hemorrhoid problem. Prolonged sitting and standing in one place is also a prerequisite for the appearance or deepening of hemorrhoids.
SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS
Hemorrhoids are divided into two types – internal, which are located in the rectum, and external, which appear around the anus. The common symptom between the two types of hemorrhoids is bleeding, and the difference is that internal hemorrhoids are usually not painful, while external hemorrhoids cause itching and pain and can be easily injured by touch.
If you suspect that you are suffering from hemorrhoids during pregnancy, visit a specialist who will examine you and prescribe treatment.
Hemorrhoids, which occur during pregnancy, are a problem that gradually subsides after the baby is born. However, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the discomfort:
Using herbal remedies is an easy way to get rid of the symptoms, but results vary from person to person.
To reduce swelling, make cold compresses.
To relieve the pain of hemorrhoids, fill the tub or basin with a few fingers of warm water and sit for 10 minutes. Adding sea salt or English salt can also help. This is done several times a day, helping to normalize blood flow.
Ask your doctor about suitable creams and other medications that are safe to use during pregnancy.
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Including more fluids and fiber in your diet will protect you from constipation, which is one of the main causes of hemorrhoids. Try not to strain in the toilet, let the intestines do their job. In addition, it is highly recommended that you avoid sitting for long periods of time.
In most cases, varicose veins improve during pregnancy within the first year after birth. In addition to sitting and standing in one place for a long time, you should avoid crossing your legs. When lying down or sitting, move your legs and feet whenever possible. Avoid wearing clothes that are tight at the bottom and top of the legs, as well as at the waist.
If the symptoms worsen and the bleeding from the hemorrhoids intensifies, you should see your doctor immediately.
There are ways to prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy. One of them is to prevent constipation. Also you should never strain and push when you defecate.
Avoid wearing tight clothing around the waist and legs.
Do not stand upright and do not sit in one place in the same position for a long period of time.
Support your legs high while sitting or lying down whenever possible.
Drink more water and eat more fiber-rich foods.
Include more movement in your daily routine.
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