Is it hurting to sit down lately? Noticing yucky sores around your bum? You may be suffering from piles, a common pregnancy discomfort.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?
Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are swollen veins around the back passage, which may itch, ache or feel sore. One third of women will get hemorrhoids during and directly after their pregnancy. Abdominal pressures, such as straining during bowel movements or child labor aggravate this condition.

How to Prevent Piles
Prevention is best: include fiber in your diet during your pregnancy to help relax bowel movements. Drinking water will help prevent constipation, which can make piles worse. Take regular exercise to improve circulation. You can also consider giving birth in a kneeling position to reduce the pressure on your back passage.

Relief From Hemorrhoids
If you should happen to notice hemorrhoids after childbirth, use ice packs for the first 24 hours. Then turn to topical ointments containing hydrocortisone and sitting in warm baths. If the piles stick out, push them back inside using a lubricating jelly (we know this sounds disgusting but it will hurt more if you leave them). You can also wipe the area with witch hazel pads found over-the-counter. This will soothe the swelling.

Varicose Veins: Hemorrhoids are actually a type of varicose vein. If you are suffering from varicose veins, check out different types of varicose vein relief

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