Tips for Preventing Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
There are enough uncomfortable side effects that come with pregnancy without adding hemorrhoids to the list. Try these suggestions to prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
Avoid Sitting for Long Periods of Time
You especially want to avoid sitting on hard surfaces, and sleeping on your back because the weight of the uterus presses on the major blood vessels behind it, causing the blood return from these rectal veins to be even more sluggish.
Practice Your Kegel Exercises at Least Fifty Times a Day
Tightening your pelvic floor muscles, especially those around your rectum, will strengthen the anus and the tissue around it, and prevent the stagnation of blood in this area.
Keep Your Bowel Movements Frequent and Loose
Eat a fiber-rich diet, drink a lot of fluids, and use a natural stool softener, if necessary.
Use Soft Scent-and-Dye-Free Toilet Tissue
Use a baby wipe when necessary. (They’re cheaper than the adult towelettes).
Avoid Putting Undue Pressure on Your Rectal Muscles
Straining during a bowel movement can put too much pressure on your rectal muscles and put you at risk for developing hemorrhoids during pregnancy. Wipe gently, using more of a patting motion than a rubbing one. When bathing, cleanse your rectal area with a handheld shower instead of vigorous rubbing with a washcloth.