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Women who are pregnant are a lot more prone to getting hemorrhoids even if they have never had hemorhoids before. Hemroids are caused by swollen varicose veins, when these veins become swollen a hemorrhoid is formed. Constipation in pregnant women can make the veins swell causing hemorrhoids. Women who get hemorrhoids during pregnancy will usually notice the hemorrhoids appearing toward the end of the third trimester as there is more strain on the veins in the anal and uterus area.
Hemorrhoids is a very mainful condition and may develope into bleeding hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids vary in size and can be relatively small or a bit bigger than an average marble. Pregnant women who have hemorrhoids may notice that they are very itchy, can be painful and cause a lot of discomfort.
Some women may find they have hemorrhoids the first time they become pregnant. Others who are in their second pregnancy, may see them return.
Hemroids may also occur when a woman is going through labor. This is also not uncommon. The strain from having a baby can really push on the dilated veins and cause them to swell.
Prevention is the key to avoiding getting hemorrhoids during pregnancy. Constipation is a leading cause of hemorrhoids so ensure you have a diet rich in fiber as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water is also recommended to prevent constipation and hard stool.
If a person has hemorrhoids during pregnancy the usual medications and pads should be adequate enough to make them less swollen, but keep in mind they may reappear during the actual labor. Avoid constipation and if it happens don't strain as the veins may become hemorrhoids, they will be itchy and painful, some may even bleed during bowel movements.