Haemorrhoids (piles)

Pregnancy symptoms

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in or around the lower rectum and anus. They’re also called piles.

What can cause haemorrhoids?
Pregnancy hormones can make your veins relax, including the veins in the rectum and anus. Constipation too can cause or worsen piles.

Who can get piles?
Haemorrhoids don’t just happen in pregnancy; anyone can get piles. When you’re pregnant, piles can occur because hormones make your veins relax.

Symptoms of haemorrhoids

Can haemorrhoids resolve?
Haemorrhoids do usually go away within weeks after birth.

How to ease haemorrhoids
Here some of the ways you can ease your haemorrhoid symptoms:

What else can you use to relieve haemorrhoids?
There are medicines that can help soothe inflammation around your anus. These treat the symptoms but not the cause of haemorrhoids. 

Ask your doctor, midwife, or pharmacist if they can suggest a suitable ointment to help ease the pain. Don’t use a cream or medication without checking with them first.

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