Pregnant women are prone to developing certain physical ailments in the latter weeks of pregnancy. Among these are hemorrhoids, varicose veins in the rectal area that protrude and cause pain, primarily during bowel movements. Hemorrhoids are sometimes irritated during the pushing of delivery and they don't magically disappear postpartum. A new mom should know how to care for hemorrhoids postpartum as they can make it uncomfortable to sit, rock and feed the new baby. 1.Sit in the hottest water you can stand. You can either fill your tub with a few inches of hot water, or fill a plastic sitz bath (you can get one from the hospital or drug store) and place it under the seat of your toilet so that your rectum is covered by the water. Your doctor will most likely prescribe this soaking treatment to help heal an episiotomy if you had one during delivery. Soak the area for 10 minutes a few times per day or as often as needed to relieve the pain and itching of postpartum hemorrhoids. 2.Soak a cold compress (ice pack or folded cloth) in witch hazel and apply it to the affected area. You can do this several times per day as part of any other postpartum hemorrhoid care you are doing. Alternate the cold and hot treatments for added relief. 3.Keep the area clean by using a peri-bottle to squirt warm water on the affected rectal area after you have a bowel movement. (You probably received one of these at the hospital for cleaning the episiotomy site.) Rather than wiping the clean rectal area to dry it, instead pat the area with a dry tissue or a moistened hemorrhoid pad. 4.Apply a hemorrhoid cream to the affected area. These ointments generally have anti-inflammatory and cooling ingredients that offer relief to the burning, itching and pressure of the swollen blood vessels. Ask your doctor if there are certain ones that are safer for postpartum use than others. 5. Take a gentle stool softener or laxative (whatever your doctor says is safe for postpartum use) to help loosen stools and prevent straining during bowel movements. Your doctor may also be able to suggest or prescribe a safe suppository. Regular, soft bowel movements will help prevent further irritation of the hemorrhoids. 6.Increase fiber consumption and naturally-cleansing foods like dried apricots, prunes or high-fiber cereals, breads or ground flaxseed. High fiber foods and grains will bulk up your stool as well as soften it, which will in turn help keep your bowels cleaned out. 7.Reduce pressure on the rectal area. Take breaks from standing or sitting whenever possible by lying down to nurse, read or rest. This will help keep the pressure off your rectal veins caused by standing or sitting and relieve some of the pain and irritation caused by gravity. If you must sit down, use an inflatable donut cushion (available from drug stores), which redistributes the weight and pressure on the rectal area when sitting. 8.Seek medical attention if the treatments you've used so far to care for hemorrhoids postpartum haven't stopped the bleeding and pain. Occasionally, hemorrhoids will progress to a more serious condition called anal fissures, which are tiny rips in the rectal tissue. Your doctor may need to treat the area with surgical adhesive or sutures to close the fissure and speed the healing.
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