Hemorrhoids are among the common complications that happen postpartum. About 40% of women who give birth vaginally suffer from hemorrhoids postpartum, they are painful and uncomfortable. In this article, I will go over this condition's causes, symptoms, and treatments.
They are enlarged blood vessels in the rectum, they become inflamed and bulge out, causing pain and discomfort.
This is what the OBGYN or Midwife does right after delivery, where they manually push the hemorrhoids back inside.
Fibers are great for your health, and they also reduce the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids. As they soften stool and prevent constipation.
Doctors usually prescribe laxatives that are safe during breastfeeding for women postpartum to prevent constipation and relief pain and discomfort.
Medical ointments and suppositories relieve the pain quickly and sometimes immediately, as they help shrink the enlarged blood vessels.
Alternating between hot and cold sitz baths helps shrink the size of the hemorrhoids significantly. Sitz baths also provide excellent relief after episiotomies.
In some severe cases, when all the above methods fail, surgery is done to remove the hemorrhoids.
A new mom sits for a long time in the early days after delivery to breastfeed the baby, who needs time to latch properly. This prolonged sitting worsens the pain. Therefore, we recommend that new moms pick a side breastfeeding position, sit on the donut, or wrap a towel in a form of a ring and sit in it, to prevent pressure on the rectum while sitting.
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