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Hemorrhoids: Pregnancy

by Josephine Andrews
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In women, there is one important risk factor for developing hemorrhoids: pregnancy . Read here why expectant mothers often suffer from hemorrhoids and what you can do about it!

ICD codes for this disease:

ICD codes are internationally valid codes for medical diagnoses. They can be found, for example, in doctor’s letters or on certificates of incapacity for work.

O87 O22

Hemorrhoids: Pregnancy as a risk factor

Haemorrhoids during pregnancy occur in about half of all expectant mothers. They are mostly mild, usually with a severity of 1 or 2. Only rarely do pregnant women develop more severe haemorrhoids.

The risk of hemorrhoids during pregnancy increases for women who already have children or who are a little older. In women who have previously had hemorrhoids, symptoms worsen during pregnancy and childbirth .

Cause of Hemorrhoids (Pregnancy)

There are various reasons why many women experience hemorrhoids during pregnancy. The growing child in the womb increases the pressure in the abdominal cavity and thus also on the vessels of the hemorrhoidal cushion: the blood does not drain well from there and accumulates.

The unborn child also presses on the intestines . This is why pregnant women often have constipation . Straining when you have a bowel movement can also increase the risk of hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

Various hormones also increase blood flow during pregnancy. The blood builds up due to the increased blood in the arteries and the worsened drainage in the veins . This also promotes hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

Treatment of Hemorrhoids (Pregnancy)

Hemorrhoids are preferably treated with conservative measures during pregnancy and also after the birth in the so-called childbed . Please heed the following advice:

  • Eat a high-fiber diet .
  • Move around as much as possible.
  • Drink enough, especially water, tea or juice.

In addition, you can relieve the symptoms with special ” haemorrhoid ointments ” or ” haemorrhoid suppositories “. The preparations contain anti-inflammatory, astringent or local anesthetic agents. Your doctor can prescribe a suitable preparation for you. There are also herbal hemorrhoid ointments or suppositories (e.g. with witch hazel ). You can get these without a prescription at the pharmacy. At your next appointment, inform your doctor about the use of such preparations.

Hemorrhoids often go away soon after birth. A targeted removal of the hemorrhoids (e.g. through an operation) is therefore generally not necessary. In exceptional cases, however, an intervention can be advisable, for example in the case of heavy bleeding or a prolapse of the anus ( anal prolapse ). If possible, however, the hemorrhoids should be removed at the earliest two months after the birth. Such an operation is avoided during pregnancy itself.

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