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Pregnancy is a condition that can give rise to other conditions like hemorrhoids and constipation. It sometimes leads to varicose veins also for various reasons. During pregnancy the uterus grows to accommodate the growing baby. This intensifies the pressure on the pelvic region and suppresses the veins and the interiors of the vena cava. They are the larger group of veins which receive blood from the lower part of the body. When the blood flow becomes slow in the veins in the limbs it increases the pressure below the uterus and they dilate and become swollen.
Constipation which is common during pregnancy causes hemorrhoids when you strain to have bowel movements. Increase in hormones like the progesterone causes the veins and the muscle walls to relax and delays bowel movements. All these lead to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Even though the risk of developing hemorrhoids is high during pregnancy they can be avoided. Here are some methods using which you can get rid of them.
Try to avoid constipation by eating a diet rich with fibrous foods and drinking plenty of liquids. Several food types are high in fiber like whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. Also, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Pregnancy can be less complicated if you indulge in regular exercise. Short brisk walks and swimming or light jogging can help conditions like constipation. If the constipation is unmanageable ask your physician to prescribe a stool softener or a fiber supplement.
You can avoid straining while having a bowel movement by practicing deep breathing. Do not resist your bowel movements.
Kegel’s exercise is beneficial for pregnant women. It increases the blood flow to the rectal area and also strengthens the muscles in the anus. This automatically decreases the chances of developing hemorrhoids. The muscles in the vagina and urethra are strengthened and you will have a speedy recovery after delivery of the baby.
In later stages of pregnancy, avoid sitting or standing for long periods. If you sit for a long time, stand up and walk for 5 minutes before you relax again. Even while lying don avoid sleeping on your back. Instead sleep to your left or right side and support your stomach using a pillow. Constipation and hemorrhoids also cause pain. You can use hot and cold ice packs to relieve the pain. The ice packs help to decrease the swelling and can give you instant relief.
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