Have you got a pain in your arse?
So you’ve gone all your life without piles until now, well, they’re something older people get aren’t they? Afraid not. Anyone can be affected by piles. During your pregnancy the hormone progesterone relaxes the walls of your blood vessels, and so your veins below your uterus (womb) are likely to swell and stretch due to the weight of the baby growing and putting pressure upon them. This can cause piles and varicose veins in women like you who are pregnant.
At the same time, if you are struggling to go to the toilet due to constipation, which is very common during pregnancy, you may also find you experience piles.
Women experience a differing severity of piles. Some go away on their own without any treatment. Other women need a bit of help to ease their discomfort.
What will you experience if you have piles?
1. The swollen blood vessels will become painful and if you’re straining to go to the toilet then they may hang down.
2. There may be some blood visible on the tissue after wiping
3. You may have an itching feeling around your bottom
4. You may not feel like you’ve properly emptied your bowels
5. Sometimes there can be a discharge of mucus after having gone to the toilet
To help relieve piles and constipation try these tips out;
1. Eat more fibre in your diet including whole-wheat foods, beans and pulses. Ensure that you have a variety of fruit and vegetables each day.
2. Drink plenty of water or other fluids. A glass of prune juice each day can help relieve constipation.
3. Exercise sensibly while you’re pregnant.
4. If these don’t improve your constipation speak to a health care professional and they will advise which solutions are suitable for you.
The practical things to do to treat piles;
1. Use a cold compress to reduce the swelling and pain
2. Clean the area careful, using moist toilet paper/wipes and pat rather than wiping
3. Speak to your pharmacist about over the counter creams and ointments
4. Get a Comfyse Cushy Cushion to sit on as it enables you to rest without anything touching the sensitive/painful area. It is also ideal to use during your postpartum period when you have given birth as you may have a bruised perineum, perineal tears or piles due to the birth of your baby.
Will piles harm my baby?
Your baby is not at risk if you have piles. It’s a very common condition for women during pregnancy or labour (60,000 women every year in the U.K.) and will often clear up over time. If you’re concerned about the length of time you’ve had piles, please speak to your Doctor or Midwife.
Will I have piles after childbirth too?
It is possible for you to experience piles after childbirth, because when giving birth your body goes through many changes and sometimes the effort needed to give birth can cause your haemorrhoids to protrude a little. It this does happen to you please seek advice from your Midwife and if you can’t sit down on a normal chair, get a Comfyse Cushy Cushion so that you can sit to rest and recuperate.
Disclaimer – the content here is not professional medical advice. Please seek medical advice from your GP Doctor or Midwife if you are concerned about any conditions you are experiencing during your maternity.