Internal Hemorrhoids and PregnancyInternal hemorrhoids are common among pregnant women. The pressure of the fetus in the abdomen (stomach), as well as hormonal changes, can cause the internal hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These vessels are also placed under severe pressure during childbirth. For most women, however, pregnancy-related internal hemorrhoids are a temporary problem.
- Keeping stools soft so they pass easily, thus decreasing pressure and straining
- Emptying bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs.
Exercise, including walking, and increased fiber in the diet help reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass.