Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy
Prevention and What to Do if You Get Hemorrhoids after Pregnancy
While you were expecting your little bundle of joy to arrive, you may not have been prepared for some of the other aspects of childbirth, like internal or external hemorrhoids developing during or after your pregnancy.
Hemorrhoids are not uncommon during pregnancy as one of the causes is increased pressure on the rectum. In many cases, it may be unavoidable, however, there are few things you can do to diminish the risk that you’ll have hemorrhoids during your pregnancy.
- Exercise – in addition to the physical benefits, regular exercise can ensure you have regular bowel movements
- Avoid straining – Do not push too hard while using the toilet, especially if you’re constipated
- Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods – both activities will increase the pressure on your veins and anus
- Drink fluids – consume plenty of water to ensure you have healthy bowel movements
- Include healthy fiber in your diet – Whole-grain breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, and beans can provide the necessary fiber to ensure healthy bowels
Though your physician will likely hold-off on performing any treatment procedures while you’re pregnant with hemorrhoids, once you’ve delivered, you can find relief quickly and easily with a physician trained in the proprietary CRH O’Regan System. In the meantime, if you are experiencing symptoms while pregnant, consult with your physician about using ointments and creams that may help with temporary relief.
The CRH O’Regan System employs a suction device to gently draw down the affected hemorrhoid tissue so the doctor can place a small band around the base of the hemorrhoid. The process is typically painless, as there are no pain-causing nerve endings present. Less than 1% of patients treated through the CRH O’Regan System experience significant pain; substantially less than many other hemorrhoid treatment procedures.
Speak with a physician near you to learn more about your treatment options.
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