Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Hemorrhoids

What relieves hemorrhoids in pregnancy?

Take preventive measures as early as possible to avoid this less-than-pleasant annoyance of pregnancy. As soon as you find out you're pregnant, make sure to include lots of high-fiber foods in your diet, and drink plenty of liquids. Try not to put on too much weight- stick to the guidelines given to you by your healthcare provider. Don't sit or stand for long periods without taking a break.

If you do get hemorrhoids, you can relieve discomfort by wiping the area with witch hazel pads or applying an ice pack. Ease itching with a warm soak or sitz bath using an oatmeal bath product or baking soda. Look for toilet paper that's extra soft or pre-moistened, and ask your practitioner about which over-the-counter hemorrhoid remedies are safest to use during pregnancy. Finally, take heart in the fact that hemorrhoids usually disappear in the weeks after the baby is born.

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