Hemorrhoids, swollen varicose veins in the rectal opening, are a common pregnancy complaint especially during the third trimester due to your expanding uterus putting pressure on the pelvis. Constipation also contributes to hemorrhoids.
Tips: One way to prevent hemorrhoids from developing in the first place is to keep bowel movements regular and soft by staying hydrated as well as ensuring you are eating enough fiber. Some sources of fiber include fruits, flaxseeds, prune juice, chia seeds, bean and whole grains.
Things to Try:
- Try applying Tucks pads, witch hazel, or ice packs to affected area
- Avoid straining and standing for long period of time
- Grate a peeled white potato, roll about 2 tablespoons into a piece of gauze and place on hemorrhoids for 15 minutes twice per day
- Try soaking your bottom in a warm tub or sitz bath (available at most pharmacies) for 10-15 minutes several times per day.