Developing hemorrhoids is a common experience for many pregnant women, especially during the third trimester. There are several reasons for this:
- Decreased blood flow to/from the lower body. The growing uterus puts pressure on veins in the pelvic area, causing a slower flow of blood, which in turn can lead to hemorrhoids.
- Constipation. Irregular bowel movements can aggravate existing hemorrhoids, or cause new ones to flare up.
The best way to avoid hemorrhoids during pregnancy is to drink plenty of fluids and eat a high-fiber diet. That will greatly reduce your chances of constipation. Other tips include doing Kegel exercises to increase blood flow to and from the pelvic area.
Lastly, if you’ve already developed hemorrhoids, there are several over-the-counter and home treatments that can bring relief. If the problem continues, however, it’s best to contact your medical provider to see if you should explore other options.