How to Cope With Haemorrhoids After Birth
Our tips for alleviating discomfort, plus when to seek medical help.
Haemorrhoids are swollen veins around the rectum or anus that may be painful, itchy, or bleed.
Due to extra pressure on your lower rectum and pushing in a vaginal birth, it’s not unusual to develop haemorrhoids postpartum. Some people get them during pregnancy as well so it is possible to have them after a C-section as well.
Here are some tips that may help:
- It’s important to prevent constipation and avoid straining to pass a bowel motion as these can make haemorrhoids worse.
- Keep stools soft by drinking plenty of fluids and eating a high-fibre diet.
- Apply a cold compress to the area and sit in a warm salt bath each day to provide some relief.
- There are topical over-the-counter treatments available but you should check with your LMC that they are safe for you to use.
Most haemorrhoids will settle within a few days but if they are painful or aren’t improving, you should consult your GP or LMC for further treatment. Your discomfort and pain is valid, so if you aren’t coping, let your midwife or doctor know so they can put you on a treatment plan.