Piles become more common during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that goes on inside the mother’s body. Increased progesterone, which relaxes the walls of the blood vessels, increases the chances of occurrence of piles.
Also, the increasing weight of the growing baby puts more pressure on the mother’s veins. This, along with causing constipation also increases the likelihood of piles in pregnancy.
Symptoms associated with piles are:
- Swollen vessels may hang down from the anus, during or after having excreted waste. They can also be felt as small, soft lumps inside the edge of the bottom and may be painful.
- Blood after passing a stool, often visible when wiping
- Itching around your bottom
- Soreness and inflammation around the anus
- Sensation that bowels still need emptying even after defecating.
- Discharge of mucous after going to the loo.
Piles do not pose any risk to your baby. It’s a very common condition in women during pregnancy or labour and often clears up post-delivery.
However, small tips and things one can do to avoid piles and treat piles (if already suffering from it) are:
- Ensure that one is drinking enough fluids; avoid dehydration and constipation
- Eat a diet of food that is high in fibre, including fruit and leafy vegetables
- Exercise regularly to help improve blood circulation and body metabolism
- Don’t strain yourself too much in the bathroom; take time or try again later after drinking some water or eating some food high in fibre
- Avoid standing for long periods of time at a stretch
- Once detected with piles, one can place a towel of wrung ice cold water on the piles-affected region to lessen the pain and irritation
- Carefully clean the area around the bottom after a bathroom visit. Try to pat rather than wipe the area dry. Use a soft cloth and warm water.
- One can also attempt to gently push the piles back (hanging nerves lumps) into the rectum using a lubricating jelly or when in the bath or shower. However do not try this unless it is extremely necessary.
One can also resort to ointments or medicines that are available to soothe the symptoms of piles. But do so only after having contacted and consulted a doctor.