Embarrassing Questions During Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids are quite common during pregnancy. While women may be aware of this fact they might still have a hard time talking to their doctor about this. Hemorrhoids often are caused by your baby pressing on the veins in your rectum. The blood vessels swell, resulting in itchy, painful, or irritating lumps either inside or outside of the rectum. They can happen at any point in pregnancy or sometimes they develop during the pushing stage of labor. Keeping the rectum clean, using cold compresses, witch hazel, or over the counter creams may help. If you have a hemorrhoid that is causing you a lot of pain, you may need to talk to your doctor about prescribing a prescription strength suppository or cream.