Dealing With Hemorrhoids Postpartum
That issue no one wants to talk about, hemorrhoids after childbirth. Whether they popped up in pregnancy or during pushing, there are solutions for postpartum hemorrhoids.
A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein in or around the rectum. They can range in size and be uncomfortable or unnoticeable. Pregnancy increases your chances of hemorrhoids because the growing uterus puts pressure on your veins, constipation is common and hormones cause your vein walls to relax. Sometimes, hemorrhoids appear after a long, intense time of pushing during labor. Hemorrhoids are treatable and often resolve after pregnancy, sometimes they do not and today lets talk about how to help postpartum hemorrhoids.
First, postpartum hemorrhoids are not only uncomfortable, they are inconvenient. You are already sore and you just don't want one more thing to deal with, however, you have them. So how can you ease the discomfort and get rid of them as fast as possible?
Helpful ideas for hemorrhoids:
- Tucks pads, easily ordered from Amazon so that you do not have to go out with a newborn, tucks pads are easy and convenient relief for postpartum hemorrhoids.
- Witch Hazel pads, essentially the same as tucks pads, but you would make these yourself. You can use cotton eye make up remover pads or a panty liner, soak in which hazel, and freeze or keep in the fridge in an air tight container. Use as needed.
- Hamamelis virginica, homeopathic remedy for hemorrhoids. Many of our clients have found this a successful support, however, please make sure you consult an expert in homeopathy before taking a remedy. For any homeopathic remedy, we suggest Washington Homeopathic Producs, for their local sourcing and high quality products.
- Avoid pressure. I know this is hard postpartum because you want to rest, but try to eliminate lots of pressure down there. Don't sit for too long and don't strain on the toilet during a bowel movement.
- Try flushable wipes or soft tissue paper to avoid extra agitation of the hemorrhoids.
- Eat a high fiber diet and drink lots of water to avoid constipation which will only agitate the situation.
Generally, in time postpartum hemorrhoids will resolve on their own. If not, or if you experience bleeding, please see your health care professional as soon as possible. Postpartum hemorrhoids are no fun and we hope that you do not experience difficulty or too much discomfort from them for too long.