Piles During Pregnancy


Piles During Pregnancy

Introduction: Piles are a well-known health problem. If the mouth of the anus or the passage of the toilet becomes swollen and bleeds, or if something like a lump of flesh comes out of the passage of the toilet, it is called a piles. 


 Various changes occur in the body during pregnancy. As a result, various hormone levels increase and decrease. During this time, due to the excess of progesterone hormone, the muscles and blood vessels of the body are relaxed. The muscles and blood vessels of the colon and rectum are so relaxed that pregnancy piles appear. 

How to understand if piles during pregnancy?

There are some common symptoms of piles disease. These signs or symptoms are also seen in the case of piles during pregnancy.

1. Anus itching during pregnancy

Piles can sometimes cause itching around the toilet road or mouth. In addition, mucus or slime-like slimy and sticky material may come out through the anus. Even after passing a bowel movement many times, the stomach may feel empty—needing to pass again.

2. Swelling of the anus

Piles involves swelling of one or more parts of the anus after a bowel movement. Sometimes some parts like soft flesh come out. These go in on their own after some time. In many cases these may need to be inserted with the fingers. In some cases, the piles reach such a level that even with the fingers, the pulp cannot be inserted inside.

3. Pain on the way to the toilet

Piles usually do not cause severe pain. However, if the rectal masses go to the point where they cannot be inserted even if pushed with a finger and the blood flow to them is stopped, there can be severe pain at times. This pain usually lasts for 1-2 days. If the pain is more, consult a doctor. Apart from this, pain can be treated with home remedies in special cases.

4. Passage of bright red blood with stool

If you have piles, it is common to use toilet paper after using the toilet, which can lead to a drop of blood. Or bright red blood stains may appear on the commode or pan. Piles cause bleeding from the rectal area. This blood does not get a chance to clot. Due to this, fresh red blood is seen in this case.

But if for some reason you have dark brown blood in the stool or black and soft stools like tar, it's usually not due to piles. Bleeding in any part of the digestive tract can cause dark blood in the stool. Therefore, if this happens, you should immediately consult a doctor to find out the cause of bleeding.

How to prevent piles during pregnancy? 

To prevent piles during pregnancy it is recommended to follow some simple rules in daily life. If you follow these rules during pregnancy too, you can avoid piles during pregnancy-

1. Eat fiber rich foods. The main and primary cause of piles is constipation . Due to various physical changes during pregnancy, the tendency of stools increases. Therefore, to avoid constipation during this time, you should eat more fiber-rich foods. Fibrous foods include—vegetables, fruits, pulses, red rice and foods made from red flour.

Also drink plenty of water. Fiber softens the stool by absorbing water, so for fiber to work properly, drink at least two liters of water throughout the day. 

For more details on what foods should be included in a pregnant woman's diet, read this article Eating habits during pregnancy .

2. Avoid pressing too hard during defecation . Follow these tips to make the stool soft and easy to pass.

3.  Do not hold the toilet pressure. It makes the stool harder and causes constipation. The pressure should go to the bathroom without delay.

4. Try to avoid standing for long periods of time. If possible, try to work sitting or reclining in a comfortable position.

5. Regular light exercise should be done. Regular light exercise or exercise during pregnancy improves blood circulation in the body. It helps prevent constipation and piles.

6. If you are overweight, try to reduce it . If the weight is more than normal, the possibility of piles increases. So weight loss is advised to prevent piles.

What to do if you have piles during pregnancy 

1. The painful area can be soaked in warm water. You can sit there with warm water in a small container used for bathing small children. This can be done up to 3 times a day. At other times, a pillow can be used to sit on it.

2. A pack of ice can be wrapped in a towel and applied to the swollen area of ​​the anus. It will provide comfort.

3. Lying in bed with legs elevated will improve blood flow to the anus and relieve pain. You can put a pillow under your feet while sleeping. Besides, one side of the bed can be raised with something under the foot of the bed.

4. Anus should always be kept clean and dry. After defecation, the area should be cleaned gently without rubbing forcefully. You can wipe with toilet paper lightly wetted.

5. If the lump comes out during the bowel movement, try to insert it gently without pressing hard. In this case, if you apply something like slippery jelly or oil on your finger, then the pain will be reduced.


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