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How to Deal with Pregnancy Hemorrhoids

Don't let hemorrhoids be a pain in the butt. Follow these simple steps to deal with this common pregnancy problem.

Instructions

  • : If hemorrhoids cause pain, bleed frequently, or don't improve with home remedies, see a doctor.
  • Step 1: Eat healthy foods Eat healthy, high-fiber foods throughout the day, such as vegetables, whole grains, bran cereal, and fruits.
  • Step 2: Drink water The most common cause of hemorrhoids is constipation. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to help prevent it.
  • Step 3: Exercise Exercise 30 minutes a day to help with your digestion. Yoga, swimming, and walking will ease constipation. Consult a physician before attempting any exercise plan.
  • Step 4: Soak in warm bath Soak for 15 to 20 minutes in warm water to cover your buttocks and hips.
  • TIP: Avoid soap, scented bath salts, and essential oils or you could worsen the inflammation.
  • Step 5: Apply cold treatment Apply an ice pack to the irritated area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Step 6: Apply moist towelette Clean the affected area with unscented, non-alcohol, moist towelettes. Use them instead of toilet paper.
  • Step 7: Ask doctor about creams Talk to your doctor about topical creams that are safe to use.
  • FACT: More babies are born in the United States on Wednesday than any other day of the week.

You Will Need

  • High-fiber food
  • Water
  • Exercise
  • A warm bath
  • A cold pack
  • Moist towelettes
  • Topical cream (optional)

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