I am 26 years and I am 8 months pregnant this is my second child just last week I have discovered I have piles. Do you think it will go away after birth? What can I do to reduce the swelling

The condition you are facing is also known as hemorrhoids, but is more commonly referred to as piles. Piles or hemorrhoids occur when the veins present in the lower rectum swell and become inflamed. Though piles are a common condition, they should not be left untreated, as they can become severe. Piles occur when the tissue present in the lower rectum is severely strained. This takes place due to straining during bowel movements, sitting is a particular position for long hours, working out excessively, and due to pregnancy.

Pregnancy is one of the leading causes of piles due to the simple fact that the fetus takes up a lot of space and nutrients from the mother. This causes the intestines to narrow down to a certain extent, making the passage of waste from the stomach to the colon a little more difficult. This causes the intestinal lining to absorb more water from the waste being transferred, making it dry and hard. Once in the colon, the remaining water is absorbed from the waste, and thus passing stools becomes very difficult. This causes a pregnant woman to strain and apply excessive pressure while passing stools, thus leading to the occurrence of piles or hemorrhoids. Please visit your doctor as soon as possible in order to rule out any future complications arising from this condition. In the meantime you can use the remedies mentioned here to get effective relief from your condition.

  • Applying warm compresses on the affected area is very effective in reducing the swelling and irritation caused by this condition. Warm compresses help in soothing the swollen vein, and reduce the urge to itch the affected area. You can indulge in this remedy as often as you feel a painful itching sensation.
  • Drink plenty of water. A lack of water is one of the main causes of piles. In the absence of adequate amounts of water, the intestines and colon retain as much water as they can from the waste before eliminating the same out of the body. However, when the body has sufficient amount of water the colon does not retain any water from the waste produced by the body, thus leaving the waste produced by the body soft. This ensures that there is no undue pressure on the veins of the lower rectum while passing stools. Warm water will also help stimulate smooth bowel movements; therefore drinking warm water is even more effective in treating this condition.
  • Including fiber rich foods like green leafy vegetables, whole wheat products and water rich fruits like pears, banana, water melons and apples will also help you get rid of your condition effectively.

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