Hemorrhoids are very common in pregnancy. They are swollen varicose veins around the anal opening that can be very uncomfortable.
The enlarging uterus will cause an increase in the pressure on these veins, making them swell significantly. Hemorrhoids are more likely if you are dehydrated and constipated and their treatment includes drinking plenty of fluids and eating more fiber to avoid constipation.
Hemorrhoids may often enlarge during the pushing phase of your labor, but most of them will shrink considerably within a few weeks after birth. Most of them will shrink considerably within a few weeks after birth.
At times, the blood in the hemorrhoid will clot and get very hard and inflamed. This can be very painful and the hemorrhoid might need to be surgically incised by a doctor in order to remove the clot.
Most of the over-the-counter hemorrhoid medications are safe in pregnancy and your health care provider can often prescribe you stronger medications if needed. One of the most effective prescription medications for hemorrhoids is ProCort®. It contains a special delivery system that holds on to the active ingredients longer than other hemorrhoidal medications.
Your health care provider can often prescribe you stronger medications if needed.