Hemorrhoids: the spoilsport of pregnancy!

Hemorrhoids: the spoilsport of pregnancy!

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Rarely mentioned, hemorrhoids are quite common in pregnant women. Explanations of Anna Roy, liberal midwife and half-time at the maternity of Bluets in Paris.

Hemorrhoids, what is it?

  • Hemorrhoids are normal anatomical vascular formations that exist in everyone from birth. Powered by blood from the arteries, they are located either under the skin around the folds of the anus (external hemorrhoids), or under the mucous membrane lining the anal canal (this is called internal hemorrhoids). When the anal mucosa ignites and becomes external, it is called a hemorrhoidal crisis.
  • Although not serious,this pathology can be painful, cause feelings of burning, itching, bleeding ... and trigger a reflex fear of going to the saddle.

What are the signs of the hemorrhoidal crisis?

  • Difficult transit, itching or burning, bleeding, pain ... all these symptoms may be related to hemorrhoidal problems and warrant the advice of a doctor or specialist (proctologist). Better to consult early enough because the problem can get worse and make the delivery more painful.

Hemorrhoids: frequent during pregnancy

  • The haemorrhoidal crisis is one of the common pains in pregnant women. It appears rather in the last trimester of the pregnancy.
  • The internal hemorrhoids are held in place under the mucosa lining the anal canal with an elastic tissue. When the latter loses its elasticity or if the musculature relaxes (which is the case during pregnancy, the secretion of certain hormones being intended to make the tissues lax), they descend gradually and leave.
  • The pregnant woman, moreover, often has disorders of the digestive sphere low, in particular an obstinate constipation, forcing it to prolonged efforts which predispose then to the bleeding and the prolapse.
  • In the last weeks of pregnancy (and during delivery), the compression caused by the weight of the future baby and the uterus can dilate or congest hemorrhoids and cause bleeding.
  • P30% of pregnant women suffer from haemorrhoidal crisis during their pregnancy, even if they had never had one before.

Hemorrhoids: not a fatality

  • Rest assured, It's not because you have a hemorrhoidal crisis during your pregnancy that you are doomed to have it all your life!
  • First, do not hesitate to talk to your midwife or obstetrician, even if it may bother you. In addition to food instructions, to limit constipation (eat fiber, drink water ...), your discomfort can be relieved and treated with a treatment based on suppositories, cream and veinotonic (fluidifying blood circulation) ). After a week, everything should be settled.
  • Do not worry, if there is recidivism and especially at the time of delivery. Because the thrust effort may further promote the externalization of the anal mucosa.
  • Count most often 2 months after your delivery, so that everything returns in order. The time that the perineum regains its tone, the problems of constipation are removed and the hormonal effect is dispelled.

Is there a way to prevent them?

  • Absolutely: fighting constipation. For this, you need to drink a lot of water (two liters per day), eat whole bread, yogurts, fruits, prunes ... and use, if necessary and exceptionally, paraffin oil or mucilage sweet that promote transit (especially no laxatives, irritants). On the other hand, it is preferable to exclude spices and excitants (coffee, tea ...) which, they, favor the crises.
  • Finally easier to say than live, avoid stress because the neurovegetative system also plays a significant role!

Read also : what treatment for pregnant hemorrhoids?

Frédérique Odasso

And hemorrhoidal disease?

In this case, the hemorrhoids are no longer in their normal state, they have become pathological. The disorders are recognizable easily and often associated: pain in the anus (tension, discomfort, itching ...), swelling of these hemorrhoids, their descent and their externalization at the time of defecation (prolapse), bleeding (the word hemorrhoid comes from the Greek hemorrein: bloody flow). Contrary to what some believe, they have nothing to do with varicose veins that are venous: hemorrhoidal disease is strictly arterial (we lose red blood, it comes from the arteries, not veins).


  1. Tera

    I confirm. It was with me too.

  2. Mihaly

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  4. Braoin

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  5. Karif

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  6. Akiiki

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