How to Avoid Hemorrhoids While Pregnant 

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are not fun. They are basically varicose veins in the anal area. Here is what causes them and how to avoid hemorrhoids while pregnant. 

Causes of hemorrhoids include:

  • Straining on the toilet
  • The pressure of a pregnant belly
  • The relaxing of connective tissue caused by pregnancy hormones

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Why Women Get Hemorrhoids While Pregnant

Let break the causes down a little and discuss ways to help you avoid hemorrhoids while pregnant. 

Don’t Strain On The Toilet

It may be more accurate to say, avoid sitting on the toilet any longer than you have to.  Just sitting on the toilet puts pressure on the veins in you anus area and can cause hemorrhoids. 

That means, stop reading on the toilet!  Keep reading, just don’t do it while you are sitting on the toilet

Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.  If you find yourself straining on the toilet, start drinking at least 20% more water each day.

Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber is great for preventing constipation.  The best way to get fiber is by eating lots of green vegetables.  You should be doing that anyway as part of your healthy pregnancy diet. 

If you still feel that you need to get more fiber, then supplement with psyllium husks.  Just be sure that they’re organic, because otherwise they are covered in pesticides.  

The Pressure of your Pregnant Belly

Pregnancy puts a tremendous amount of pressure on your pelvic girdle.  This compresses the veins and arteries in your pelvis and can cause the blood to get backed up and put pressure on the vein walls causing hemorrhoids. 

You can help yourself by avoiding sitting or standing immobile for long periods of time. 

Staying hydrated will help with this because it will cause you to get up to go to the bathroom every hour or so. Sometimes more!  :-)  

Also, consider taking a walk at lunch to help prevent both hemorrhoids and constipation. 

Pregnancy Hormones

There isn’t much that you can do about the effects of pregnancy hormones.  Pregnancy hormones will soften all of your connective tissues in order to make it possible for your baby to exit the birth canal. 

You want these hormones to do their job! 

Unfortunately, one of the side effects is that it relaxes the tissues that keep your veins from over-dilating.  The only thing you can do specifically to address the effects of hormones is to roll with them!  Be sure to get plenty of sleep. 

Being horizontal takes the pressure off of your pelvic area and will allow your circulation to flow unimpeded by gravity. Besides, your body need a break!  Its doing a lot of hard work making a healthy baby!