Treating Pregnancy-Related Hemorrhoids
If hemorrhoids weren't an issue prior to pregnancy, irritation in the anal area will usually clear up shortly after childbirth. In the meantime, there are remedies that may help improve comfort and reduce inflammation. Baking soda applied directly to the affected area can relieve itching. Some women experience relief from periodic soaks in a warm bath or a sitz bath. This should be done about two or three times a day for 10-15 minutes.
Witch hazel is a home remedy that sometimes helps reduce bleeding and ease swelling because of the tannins and oils in this compound. It's applied with a cotton ball a few times each day. Relief may also be experienced with treatments that include:
- The use of medicated pads
- Making an effort to avoiding sitting in the same position for long periods of time
- Using moist towelettes instead of dry toilet paper
- Applying cold compresses or ice to the affected area
- Taking oral pain relievers
In some cases, further treatment may be needed in the form of hemorrhoid banding, hemorrhoidectomy, or other state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures.
The most effective way to minimize the risk of developing hemorrhoids during pregnancy is to take steps to keep from being constipated. This includes drinking more water, incorporating high-fiber foods and more vegetables and fruits into your diet, and not ignoring urges to use the bathroom.