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As your pregnancy advances, it is not uncommon to experience hemorrhoids regularly. As the growing uterus puts pressure on your veins, blood flow will slow in the lower half of your body. As a result, the veins begin to force the blood by increasing pressure, which in turn causes hemorrhoids (bulging veins in the rectum or anus).
Hemorrhoids can also develop during the second stage of labor due to the intense pushing involved in the birthing process. This condition may also become aggravated when constipated, which tends to occur more often during pregnancy. Symptoms of hemorrhoids, when pregnant, are usually two-fold – the discomfort can range from merely itchy to severely painful.
If you are pregnant and have hemorrhoids, consult your doctor. He or she may be able to provide hemorrhoid prevention techniques.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|