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so this is really tmi, but i'm already dealing with at least 2 stage 2-3 hemorrhoids from this pregnancy. they come out frequently and i swear, it feels like i'm pooping myself all the time with these things just hanging out. my doctor doesn't seem to be concerned with them getting worse during delivery, but i definitely am. i can't even cough or blow my nose without feeling them get worse--how am i ever going to push out a full-sized baby down there without hurting myself further? i don't think it's unreasonable to want a c-section in this situation so that i don't end up making a bad situation worse and possibly needing surgery to fix them. i understand a lot of women get them during pushing/delivery and that they usually heal afterward, but if i already have them, isn't a regular delivery just asking for more severe problems? anyone have any experiences to share about this?
BFP 9/4/09 - Michael John born 5/5/10
ectopic w/tube closure 3/24/09, 8w0d
2nd m/c 12/27/08, 5w2d
1st m/c 10/12/08, 4w6d
I honestly have NO idea on this topic. I do have a friend who had a 9lb2oz baby naturally, but to this day suffers what is called an anal fissure. I will ask her if she had hemrrhoids during her pregnancy and the delivery resulted in making them worse (the fissures) or if they just appeared post-delivery.
I also have a friend who is a midwife. I will direct this question to her and see if she has any insight on how to help.
I think as far as wanting a c-section, it is a major surgery that comes with risks and is not a decision that should be made lightly. I think healing from the surgery might be worse than treating the hemrrhoids, but I have never experienced either situation so I can't say for certain. I think if you discuss this with your doctor, s/he will help you make the best decision for your situation!
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December 9, 2013
5:20PM 8lb3oz 20.5"
Hospital water birth
I got hemrroids with each one of my 3 previous pregnancies in the second trimester and they didn't go away until after delivery. Having a normal vaginal delivery didn't make them any worse at all. I've already got hemrroids with this pregnancy and I'm only 10 1/2 weeks.. isn't pregnancy fun?? LOL
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1) Brew up some family size bags of lipton tea. After they have started to brew for a few minutes, take them out of boiling water and place on a towel and let them cool. Do NOT blot or wring them dry. Then when they are wet and cool.....ahem.....sit on them. The tannic acid will shrink your hemorrhoids and give you some relief. She said you should do this when you get home from work and again before you go to bed and then as needed. It's not a permanent fix, but you will not be walking around so miserable!
2) Your OB can prescribe a medicine to shrink them more permanently. I didn't write it down though. If you'd like the exact name of the drug, I will get it for you.
3) She said that a lot of women will not have any problem during a vaginal delivery bc the baby's head presses on the arteries carrying blood to your hemmorhoids. So they will shrink on their own during labor and disappear completely by the time you push. She has seen cases where that didn't happen. She said in those cases she recommends an epidural so the pain doesn't interfere with pushing. Only one case in 30 years of practice required follow-up hemorrhoid surgery and one that required a cesarean to deliver safely. She stressed that even in that one extreme case, the total blood volume loss was less than the average blood loss in a cesarean. In a vaginal delivery you can lose up to 500 mL before it's considered a hemorrhage. In a cesarean it's up to 1L of blood before they consider you to be hemorrhaging because the average blood loss is always more than 500mL.
While I am a big supporter of a woman's right to choose her mode of delivery, I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with the risks inherent in any cesarean delivery before making your decision. There is a myth perpetuated by the medical community that it's a piece of cake procedure with an easy recovery, and that's just not the whole story. But I'm not going to list risks and complications and such unless you WANT to hear them - as I try really hard not to preach the gospel of vaginal birth unless I have a willing audience
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My midwife friend pretty much said verbatim what the OBGYN said
She agrees that your body will protect itself and the hemorrhoids will likely shrink down during your actual labor, so pushing isn't effected and healing from that will be a lot easier than healing from a c-section that may not be necessary! Discuss all the options with your OB though and you will make the best decision for YOU
December 9, 2013
5:20PM 8lb3oz 20.5"
Hospital water birth
Just adding to what they said, my sister-in-law said she had horrible hemorrhoids (though she tends to exaggerate everything ) and that it was hardly even a thought in her head when she started pushing and they did shrink. She did end up having a cesarean though it was due to my nephew going into distress because of a combo of pitocin/her pushing.
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