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24th Apr 2019

Here is everything you need to know about piles during pregnancy

Denise Curtin

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It’s one of the most common pregnancy symptoms people don’t talk about enough.

Piles also referred to as haemorrhoids are basically swollen veins in your anus and rectum, that can cause a great deal of uncomfortable symptoms.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to piles due to the fact that during pregnancy there is increased pressure from the growing uterus and baby so – simply pushing too hard on a bowel movement or even lifting something too heavy could cause the symptoms to appear.

And as they are very common during pregnancy, it’s good to be aware of the symptoms you may feel when you have piles including – sharp pain, itching around the anus, and blood in your stool, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Piles and constipation often come hand in hand during pregnancy and Dr Fahimeh Sasan explains that an increase in progesterone levels can also slow down your digestive system during pregnancy making it often harder for you to pass bowel movements.

She notes that if you are having trouble in the bathroom or starting to feel any sort of “burning” or “itching” sensation below, to go see a doctor as soon as possible for your own peace of mind.

Often piles and constipation can cause a great deal of pain and a doctor will prescribe you with laxatives or stool-softeners to get your bowels moving again says Dr Fahimeh Sasan. Piles can also be treated with a cream, wipe or suppository prescribed by your doctor.

Overall – it is nothing to fear and something which will clear up once treated. Dr. Sasan adds that hemorrhoids typically will become smaller and go away over time.