Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
Preventing Pregnancy-Related HemorrhoidsPreventing hemorrhoids may be easier said than done. However, there are some things that you can do to decrease the chances of them occurring during pregnancy. Some suggestions include:
- Empty bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs.
- Get daily exercise, such as walking. Exercise speeds up the intestines. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what exercises during pregnancy are safe.
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods.
- Increase fiber and fluid in the diet. This helps reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass. Eating the right amount of fiber and drinking six to eight glasses of fluid result in softer, bulkier stools. A softer stool makes emptying the bowels easier and lessens the pressure on hemorrhoids caused by straining. Eliminating straining also helps prevent hemorrhoids from protruding.
Good sources of fiber include:
- Vegetables, such as carrots and green vegetables
- Whole grains