Carrying a little one can make your body do crazy things. One of the most common complaints during pregnancy and postpartum is hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the anus that can get uncomfortable, itchy, and downright painful!
And guess what? Over half of all pregnant women get them! They are commonly caused by pressure your expanding uterus puts on pelvic veins and an increase in the hormone progesterone. Even if you were lucky enough to avoid hemorrhoids during pregnancy, you might end up with them during postpartum (regardless of if you have a vaginal delivery or a c-section)! Although they can be extremely annoying, don’t worry. There are plenty of options to relieve and treat them!
A sitz bath is a warm, shallow bath that fits over a toilet seat. You can sit in it and feel instant relief after bowel movements, reducing inflammation and discomfort caused by the hemorrhoids. Add some Epsom salt in the bath to additionally help reduce swelling! Make sure to gently pat the anal area dry afterwards, & do not rub or wipe hard afterwards.
Getting yourself a TUSHY is a great way to provide relief from those nasty hemorrhoids! Toilet paper can actually irritate the anus even more and make the situation worse.
Truth is, toilet paper doesn’t completely do the job “down there”! Tons of bacteria is left over, and is an open gate for not only hemorrhoids, but other gross situations like yeast infections, UTIs, skid marks, and itchy rears. Eliminating toilet paper altogether is an awesome, earth-friendly solution!
TUSHY is a modern bidet that is actually portable! It easily clips to your toilet and sprays your tender areas completely clean with fresh water.
Other benefits of TUSHY include:
- Not having to awkwardly reach back there to wipe while pregnant
- Effectively cleans out lochia after birth
- Can soothe your perineum
- Better hygiene
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Witch Hazel and Hemorrhoid Cream
Witch Hazel is a plant with medicinal properties widely known to ease inflammation, fight bacteria, and soothe sensitive skin. In addition, witch hazel is known to stop minor bleeding!
Witch Hazel can be purchased in liquid form or found in products like anti-itch wipes or soaps. It is typically added to a cloth or cotton ball and directly applied to the area.
Over-the-counter Hemorrhoid creams can also relieve itching and burning. Ask your doctor to recommend a good cream for you!
Stool softeners, such as Citrucel (methylcellulose), can help reduce constipation and make bowel movements quick and painless.
They come in several forms such as powders, capsules, and liquids. Make sure to avoid laxatives; they cause diarrhea and can actually worsen hemorrhoids by causing irritation!
Water Water Water
Keeping yourself hydrated is key while suffering with hemorrhoids! Constipation can actually cause hemorrhoids and is related to dehydration in the colon, so increasing your fluid intake can help soften stools and stimulate bowel movements.
Sit On a Pillow
Hemorrhoids resemble having grapes or marbles down there (ouch!) so sitting can be very painful. Placing a pillow or cushion beneath your buttocks can release pressure and bring temporary relief.
You can buy a cushion specifically used for relieving hemorrhoids. These cushions are doughnut-shaped because there is no cushion-area to press against the irritated tissues.
Make sure to visit your medical provider if your problem does not improve after a few weeks!