Hemorrhoids (Piles)

Hemorrhoids (Piles)

What causes it?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum. They are caused by the pressure of the baby on the lower part of your body. They may also be caused by pushing too hard when you are having a bowel movement. Hemorrhoids can be painful or itchy and may hang out of the rectum. They usually go away after delivery but will sometimes last for a few weeks after the birth.

What can I do about it?

• Try not to be constipated. See the section on constipation for advice on this.
• Do not sit on the toilet for a long time. Do not push too hard when having a bowel movement. Putting your feet up on a stool while sitting on the toilet may reduce the strain a bit.
• Do pelvic floor exercises to improve blood circulation in your pelvic area. 
• Sitting in a warm bathtub for 15 to 20 minutes may reduce the pain.
• Putting warm pads or ice packs on the hemorrhoids may also help.

What if none of this helps?

• Talk to your doctor.

• Do not use any kind of medication, ointment, or suppository without asking your doctor if it is okay.
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