Pregnancy Hemorrhoids

Signs and symptoms of pregnancy hemorrhoids

Despite being quite harmless , the condition can be quite annoying to extremely painful, making it difficult to carry on with your daily routine. They can be classified into two types depending on the location of the swelling – internal and external hemorrhoids. The internal hemorrhoids are usually painless, causing mild discomfort andbleeding during bowel movement. In more severe cases, the swollen veins may protrude in clusters around the rectum, leading to symptoms like:

  • Extreme pain and discomfort around the anus
  • Itching around the rectal area
  • Blood in stools
  • Bleeding when sneezing, laughing or coughing
  • Leakage of feces
  • A sensitive lump near the anus that may make it difficult to sit and walk

What does a hemorrhoid look like?

Internal hemorrhoids are not visible unless extreme swelling causes them to protrude out of the anus. External swelling in the veins causes them to resemble a cluster of skin-colored rubbery lumps. However, thrombosed hemorrhoids usually have a bluish or purplish color due the presence of blood clots in the affected blood vessels.

Source: pregmed.org

From a reader:

Q: I am 22 weeks pregnant. I got a terrible hemorrhoid today and it hurts so bad. What can I do to feel better?

A: Anusol is a good reliever, also get some bum wipes, I find mine are worse if they are not immaculately clean which can be difficult using just toilet paper (sorry if TMI) also start drinking grape juice, it will regulate you better than anything else, you only need a glass or two a day and this in turn will ensure your piles don’t get any worse and have a chance to recover.

Good luck x

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