What precautionary measures should I take if I have piles during pregnancy?
Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are situated in the anal area. Inflating of piles leads to itching, pains, and general discomfort. They usually go away on their own but can be painful while present. The symptoms are not always apparent so people might fail to notice that they have piles.
Some common causes of piles are pregnancy, heavy weight lifting, and chronic constipation. Lumps from around the anus and the size differ from person to person depending on the magnitude of their condition. Often, they are just centimeters away from the opening of the anus. On the contrary, they can also be found on the outside of the anus.
Some of the common symptoms of piles are as follows:
• Lumps around or inside the anus.
• Feeling as though the bowel is full even after excreting.
• Redness around the anus.
• Experiencing pain or discomfort while passing stool.
• Discomfort while sitting down as if something is poking you.
Piles usually go away on their own and there can be of four types depending on the intensity. Grade 1 and 2 piles occur inside the anus whereas, grade 3 and 4 are located outside the anus and are typically called external piles. They become very painful if left untreated.
Piles can also be heredity so if someone in your family like your parents has them, you’re more likely to develop them. However, there is no guarantee that you will have them just because a relative has it. The risk is merely greater.
Some obvious signs of piles are blood in stools, changes in bowel activity and colour of your stools. A visit to the doctor can confirm your suspicions about having this condition or rule out the possibility. A doctor will ask you multiple questions about your bowel movement. Piles can make people feel very uncomfortable because of the constant itching.
Many precautions can be taken to ease the effect of piles during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are commonly advised against sitting for long periods because of the pressure on the veins in the anus. In fact, staying in any one position for a long time is not recommended. Alternate between different positions such as standing, walking and lying down. Sometimes your doctor may suggest you use a special pillow (doughnut-shaped) while sitting. Don’t restrict your body’s movement. Exercise and physical activity increase blood circulation.
Typically, health advisors recommend pregnant women to sleep on their sides as it also reduces pressure on the rectal area. Some women who are used to sleeping on their backs may find it hard to switch positions but after a few days, they will get used to it.
Apply any ointments prescribed by your doctor diligently. This can help soothe the pain even if it is not a temporary solution. Sometimes a warm bath does not only ease the itching but also calm you down. Do not use any ointments or ice packs without consulting a professional first.
Making a few changes in your diet can reduce constipation. These changes can include a high fiber diet like fruits, vegetables, and wholemeal food. Drinking an adequate amount of water and other liquids can also ease constipation. Avoid taking heavy meals.
Piles can be disheartening but one important thing to note is that they aren’t here forever. These lumps usually go away on their own after a woman gives birth. However, it is always best to meet with a professional if you believe that you have piles. They can determine the intensity and also recommend the best possible techniques to ease the pain.
• Piles are swellings found inside or outside the anus. They may disrupt your normal blood supply which causes pain. The symptom of piles is bleeding or mucus discharge after passing a stool.
• People may be uncomfortable when they sit in one position for too long. It is advised to switch positions from time to time. Caution must be taken to sleep on the side.
• Exercises and other physical activity increase blood circulation. Doctors not only suggest people consume more liquids but also to eat food which is high in fibre such as fruits and vegetables.
• Piles usually go away after childbirth. If you think your condition is serious, please visit a health care professional who can give you suitable advice on how to deal with the situation.