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Piles And Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

(Hemorrhoids) Piles During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids are the swollen and bulging veins in the rectum. They cause itching, pain, and bleeding. As many as 50 percent of pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are very common during pregnancy for various reasons.

During pregnancy, your blood volume increases greatly, which causes veins to enlarge and also the expanding uterus that puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Even constipation makes hemorrhoids worsen. Hemorrhoids mostly improve after delivery.

Try doing the below to minimize piles during pregnancy
  • Take lots of fluids.
  • Eat foods that are rich in fiber like whole grains, fruits, and raw or cooked leafy green vegetables.
  • Do not strain with bowel movements.
  • Talk to your doctor about using products such as witch hazel to smoothen hemorrhoids
Varicose Veins during Pregnancy

Your blood volume increases greatly during pregnancy, which can cause your veins to enlarge. Pressure on the large veins behind the uterus makes the blood to slow down in its return to the heart. For these two reasons, varicose veins in the legs and anus (hemorrhoids) are more common during pregnancy.

Varicose veins look like swollen veins that are raised above the skin surface. They can be twisted or bulging. They are dark purple or blue in color. They are mostly found on the backs of the calves or inside of the leg

Try doing the below to minimize varicose veins during pregnancy:

Exercise daily to help pump the blood through every muscle of the body to promote circulation. Just a simple brisk walk for 10-15 minutes will help a lot.  Do gentle stretches moving your body and changing your body positions more often.

Elevate your legs and feet often in the afternoons and evenings as much as possible.

Avoid sleeping on your back, as this restricts blood flow to the body. Sleep on your left side keeping a pillow between your knees and another pillow between your feet. Keep changing your positions to left and right if needed but prefer more on left side.

One can wear compression stockings to get relief from varicose veins.

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