A hemorrhoid, also known as piles are veins in and around the rectum become swollen. During pregnancy, your body has more blood circulating through your veins. All your veins, especially those below your uterus, become dilated and can become engorged.
Symptoms Include: itching. burning. pain, and bleeding. Bleeding from a hemorrhoid is usually bright red, and more often seen on the toilet paper than in the bowl.
For pregnant women, the main culprit behind the formation of hemorrhoids is constipation. Straining while moving your bowels puts even more pressure on the already dilated veins.
Blood vessel compression from the enlarging gravid uterus resulting in pooling of blood in the blood vessels in another reason why pregnant women develop hemorrhoids.
Ways to help prevent Hemorrhoid development:
Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.
Eat a high fiber diet (Including leafy green vegetables, whole grains and legumes)
Staying away form constipating foods such as Dairy, Sugar, White Bread and White rice.
Exercise regularly to increase blood circulation
Kegel exercises are beneficial because they will increase circulation to your rectum, which in turn will help to prevent hemorrhoids.
Avoid sitting and standing for long periods of time, which can put pressure on the hemorrhoids.
Lubricant: Lubricating to ease the passing of bowel movements.
Use a sitz bath: Sit in enough warm water to cover the hemorrhoids, either in your bathtub or in a sitz bath that fits on the toilet. Adding Epsom salts can help relax and sooth tissue.
What we use for the Treatment of Internal Hemorrhoids:
Keesey Technique: A type of electrotherapy treatment for internal hemorrhoids. A negative galvanic electrical current is sent to the hemorrhoidal tissue of the rectum, ca using painless electrochemical destruction of the hemorrhoidal tissue.
Rectal Suppositories # 1 Wise Woman Herbal suppositories- anti-inflammatory Herbs used to calm down any irritation in the internal mucosa.
Probiotics- to increase the guts natural flora
Digestive enzymes to help digest food.
Magnesium/ Calcium/ Zinc supplement to help calm the digestive system and to help loosen the stool.
The Keesey Treatment Process Includes:
A discrete, comfortable, quick and painless exam, using an anoscope to view the internal tissue
5-10 minute treatments for each internal hemorrhoid
Up to two sites can be treated in one visit
Most patients are able to return to their day-to-day activities with little, if any, discomfort.
Other Treatable Ano-rectal Discomforts associated with pregnancy: