In general, your body will go through a lot of changes after you give birth. This is not only about the size of the waist, yes, Mother. One of the things that often happens after giving birth is that you experience hemorrhoids or hemorrhoids.
What is hemorrhoid?
Reported from Very Well Family, Hemorrhoids or hemorrhoids are conditions where blood vessels are swollen and filled with blood (varicose veins) around the anus. Many women experience it for the first time during pregnancy or the postpartum period for several reasons, including hormonal flow, internal stress, and constipation.
Hemorrhoids can be annoying to very painful, but the good news is that for the most part, hemorrhoids are harmless. Most tend to recover with home treatment.
Types and symptoms of hemorrhoids after childbirth
This swollen tissue appears in the anal area and can vary from the size of a pea to the size of a grape. There is an internal hemorrhoid (the affected vein is inside the sphincter), and external hemorrhoids (the affected vein protrudes beyond the anal canal).
Hemorrhoids may only be itchy, but they can also be painful. In some cases, especially after a bowel movement, hemorrhoids can cause rectal bleeding. If you had hemorrhoids before you got pregnant, chances are that they will recur after giving birth.
What causes hemorrhoids?
During pregnancy and the puerperium, hemorrhoids are often caused by pressure on the perineum in the months before and during labour. Veins work like valves to push blood back into the heart, and when those ‘valves’ weaken, they can swell to fill with blood.
You may be able to imagine how the pressure of holding the baby and then pushing the baby out during a vaginal delivery can cause the blood vessels to pop out. In addition, all the hormones that pass through your body during pregnancy and birth affect how these blood vessels work. Pregnant women experience increased production of the hormone progesterone, which also causes blood vessels to relax.
Constipation is also common during the postpartum period.
Illustration of hemorrhoids after giving birth/ Photo: iStock
How to treat hemorrhoids after delivery from home?
Most cases of hemorrhoids go away on their own, but there are things you can do to speed up healing time and reduce discomfort.
Here are some natural remedies that are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding Healthline.
- Avoid straining. Straining during a bowel movement puts more pressure on your rectal area. To give yourself time to heal, be careful not to push, or strain while sitting on the toilet. Try to let gravity do most of the work.
- Add fiber to your diet. Dietary fiber helps soften your stools while making them bulkier. A high-fiber diet can help treat and prevent constipation, which makes hemorrhoids worse. High-fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated also helps prevent constipation.
- Soak the area. Treat pain and irritation by soaking the area in a warm bath for 10 to 15 minutes, two to three times a day. You can use the bath.
- Keep the area clean. Keeping your anal area clean will help prevent additional irritation that might hinder the healing process. Rinsing the area with warm water is sufficient.
- Use wet wipes. Wet wipes are gentler than dry toilet paper.
- Apply a cold compress. Use a clean ice pack or a cold compress.
Topical medications and supplements can also help treat hemorrhoid symptoms. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using over-the-counter medications.
These treatments may include:
- Stool softener. Stool softeners help to moisten your stools so they can easily pass through your intestines.
- Fiber supplements. If dietary adjustments are not enough, you may consider taking fiber supplements. This fiber supplement comes in several forms, including mixed drinks. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, be sure to talk to your doctor first.
- Medicinal wipes. Medicinal wipes, which often contain witch hazel, hydrocortisone, or lidocaine, can help relieve itching, pain, and inflammation.
- Hemorrhoid cream and suppositories.
If you experience hemorrhoids after giving birth and feel quite disturbed by this condition, it’s a good idea for you to immediately see a doctor to deal with it, Mom.