How To Heal Pregnancy Hemorrhoids Naturally
Pregnancy Hemorrhoids is one of the major problems that make the wonderful period of a woman’s life miserable and unpleasant. Pregnancy Hemorrhoids is a condition of varicose (swollen) veins in the anus or rectum due to the increased pressure on the pelvic veins during pregnancy. This annoying problem with bleeding and itching is common in pregnant women.
Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are a special type of piles, with the back passage developing lumps formed by enlarged veins in the rectum or anus. Pregnant women with this problem can usually feel the lumpiness of the piles around the back passage. Piles may also bleed a little and they can make going to the toilet an extremely uncomfortable and painful experience.
These grape-like clusters make life of a pregnant woman miserable and going to the toilet will be a dreadful experience. There are internal and external haemorrhoids, and the latter can be diagnosed easily. If a woman previously had hemorrhoids in the past, the possibility of she getting it during pregnancy or immediately after delivery is higher.
But the good news is that most of the pregnancy hemorrhoids problems disappear after the baby is born. There are rare cases where some women continue to have it. Some women develop haemorrhoids immediate after a difficult delivery. Sophisticated treatments and medicines are available for this pregnancy ailment, but herbal remedies are safe and free of harmful side effects.
Know The Reasons And Treat Effectively
Knowing the reasons for Pregnancy hemorrhoids is beneficial in treating it. The main reason for this ailment is the growth of baby in the uterus. When the foetus and uterus are growing, pressure on veins in all over the lower part of the body increases tremendously. This increased pressure results in slow blood flow causing the veins to swell. Hormonal changes and increase in blood flow are other reasons for the enlargement of hemorrhoidal vessels.
The second reason for the development of hemorrhoids during pregnancy is constipation, which is a common pregnancy complaint. Frequent constipation makes bowel movements a strenuous experience. When you strain more due to hard bowel movement, the blood vessels around the anus swell and form lumps. Some women develop haemorrhoids due to severe pressure during delivery.
Since the first reason is unavoidable, the best way out is to treat constipation. Preventing constipation is the best way to keep pregnancy hemorrhoids at bay. This painful and embarrassing condition can be relieved and cured by natural herbal remedies. The emphasis of herbal remedies is attacking the root cause of the problem by creating a healthier digestive system.
Herbal Remedies For Pregnancy Hemorrhoids
Following are some of the herbs that are proved to treat hemorrhoids since antiquity.
1. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
Witch Hazel is a wonder herb with astringent propeties that soothes and cools painful swollen veins. Most of the testimonies show that cold compresses saturated with witch hazel and wipes medicated with this herb help a lot in calming the inflammation. It is a common ingredient in most of the over-the-counter topical lotions for haemorrhoids. The leaf and bark extracts of witch hazel can be effectively used in lessening the swelling and inflammation. It works as astringent and stops bleeding, irritation, itching and pain associated with pregnancy hemorrhoids.
2. Butchers Broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
Butchers Broom is an herb that is a part of folk treatments to cure haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Alternatively known as knee holly, box holly, and sweet broom, this herb is proved to enhance blood flow and blood circulation through the veins and relieves constipation. It is a store house of anti-inflammatory and vein-contracting properties. The active substance in this herb, called ‘ruscogen’ has the ability to shrink the veins by toning them.
Butchers broom is often prescribed in capsule or tea form. Eating its shoots is also effective. The extract of this herb can be applied topically to relieve inflammation. But this herb should only be taken by pregnant women only after being recommended by a medical practitioner.
3. Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora Japonica)
The extract of this herb is effective in reinstating the walls of the veins and capillaries in and around the anal and rectal regions. It helps in relieving the itchiness and pain caused by pregnancy hemorrhoids.
Bilberry or American blueberry has been traditionally used to fortify the human capillary system. It works wonders in treating delicate capillaries and improves digestive system. By enhancing the blood flow through the veins, this herb relieves inflammation related to pregnancy haemorrhoids.
5. Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
This herb has traditionally been used in Asian and European countries to heal swollen veins caused by poor blood circulation. ‘Aescin’, the active ingredient in this herb, helps in strengthening blood vessels and thereby cures hemorrhoids.
6. Aloe Vera
The juice of Aloe vera, a major cooling and soothing herb helps in relieving pain and inflammation. This herb is enriched with amino acids, folic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. This ancient healing plant also contains vitamin A, C, and E. Since this herb is really powerful medical recommendation is required during pregnancy.
7. Herbs With Bioflavonoids
Bioflavonoids are present in citrus fruits, blueberries, apricots etc. They aid in strengthening blood vessels. Rutin, a natural bioflavonoid, is enriched with strong inflammatory properties. It prevents bleeding and anal discharge during pregnancy hemorrhoid.
8. Fibre-rich Food
Consuming a lot of fibre-rich food is the best way to prevent hemorrhoids by preventing constipation. Craft out a meal plan that contains whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, and fresh fruits and vegetables. It soothes hemorrhoids by softening the stool, which causes easy bowel movement and less pressure. See to it that the patient drinks plenty of water, unless the condition will worsen. Try to avoid sitting for a long time. Regular physical exercises and walking will help a lot.
Other common methods to sooth swollen veins are
- Soaking the bottom part in a warm tub (sitz bath) for at least 20 minutes will help in relieving pain.
- Applying topical creams available from over the counter.
- Placing ice packs, medicated treatment pads or baking soda also give relief.
Staying true to the good old saying of ‘prevention is better than cure’ will be beneficial to stay clear of pregnancy hemorrhoids; preventing constipation is the best way to stay clear of this ailment.
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