Hemorrhoids (Almorranas) during Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids (Almorranas) during Pregnancy

A number of physiological changes occur during pregnancy and favor the development of hemorrhoids. Increased estrogen and progesterone relax blood vessel wall and with increased blood volume, larger veins develop. Hormonal changes contribute to constipation, an important risk factor for hemorrhoid development. Furthermore, the growing uterus and baby increase pressure in the pelvis and hinder blood flow back from anal canal veins leading to Hemorrhoid formation.

Hemorrhoid symptoms during pregnancy include itching, discomfort, pain, and bleeding. Symptoms are worse after bowel movements especially if constipation is present. First line of treatment consists of increasing fiber in diet, increasing water intake and avoiding straining during bowel movements. Soaking in warm water help sooth pain and discomfort. Over the counter ointments help reduce inflammation associated with hemorrhoid disease flare-ups. Always check with your gynecologists to make sure the ointment you are using is safe for your baby.

After childbirth, most hemorrhoids resolve spontaneously without additional treatment. Patients who continue to have symptoms, however, need to consult to hemorrhoid specialist. At Houston Hemorrhoid Clinic we offer hemorrhoid banding for symptomatic hemorrhoids not responding to conservative treatment. Hemorrhoid banding, an office-based procedure, is simple, safe, and effective. If you have any question or concern about hemorrhoids do not hesitate to give us a call at 281-885-8316