Heamorrhoids in pregnancy.
Heamorrhoids or piles can occur during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. If you have had them before getting pregnant you are quite likely to have them again. Heamorrhoids develop when blood vessels in the rectal area become swollen. They can range in size from pea to a grape and can be itchy, uncomfortable but also very painful and
cause rectal bleeding. An increase in the hormone, progesterone, during pregnancy relaxes the walls of ve.ins and causes them to swell easily. Progesterone also slows down the digestive tract, which may lead to constipation. Straining during a bowel movement can cause heamorrhoids, so it is essential to avoid constipation. It is important to eat a high fibre diet and add dried fruits to your diet such as, prunes, apricots, dates and figs to help maintain regularity. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. According to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) a pregnant woman should drink 2.3 litres a day and when lactating 2.7 litres per day. It is also important to maintain your levels of essential minerals and salts to ensure the water you drink is absorbed at a cellular level and maintains your optimum level of hydration.
Varicose veins in pregnancy
Veins that appear blue and bulging near the skin’s surface are called varicose veins. They are caused by an increase in progesterone levels that make your veins relax and more prone to swelling. When you are pregnant you produce more blood that puts more pressure on your veins. As your uterus grows it too puts more pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body, thus causing more pressure in the leg veins. Varicose veins may not cause any discomfort and should improve after pregnancy but they can also make your legs feel heavy, achy and itchy. Elevate your legs as much as possible, especially during the third trimester and sleep on your left side. As this will help alleviate pressure on the large vein (the inferior vena cava) that is on the right said of your body and help relieve pressure in you leg veins.
We at Baby Bump Care recommend the following products:
Schuessler Tissue Salts Calc Fluor helps ease hemorrhoids and varicose veins during pregnancy. Tissue salts are micro doses that are suitable for infants and during pregnancy. They are rapidly absorbed and stimulate the body’s natural healing process, bringing quick relief.
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For treatment of painful heamorrhoids and rectal bleeding and varicose veins consult with your Doctor.