Not being sentimental or so, but pregnancy truly makes a woman who she is. Among all the life experiences, it may rank as the most rewarding and equally challenging, not to mention, the child-rearing that follows after giving birth.
Hormones spike, weird cravings begin to set in even at the wee hours of the night, mood swings are more frequent, body changes occur. All of which is part of this phase of a woman’s life.
Common Pregnancy Problems
Pregnancy is indeed a life-turning event for a woman, but in between the joys are the common discomforts that come with the whole experience. Pregnancy makes women more susceptible to the formations of ill-looking skin mass such as hemorrhoids and varicose veins and even the vulva at times.
As the uterus grows, increased pressure affects the proper blood circulation from the lower portion of the body. This disruption then causes the pelvic pressure to shoot up. As a result, the veins just below the uterus dilate and eventually swell.
Another common discomfort during pregnancy is the frequency of constipation. This disruption in normal bowel movement may either lead to the formation of internal hemorrhoid or in aggravating existing piles.
Pregnant women tend to have straining bowel movement which leads to more injury to current hemorrhoid, no matter where they may be situated in the anal region.
As previously mentioned, there is a significant variation in secretion of hormones during pregnancy. Progesterone, for one, is increased in greater amounts during this time. The hormone promotes relaxation to the ventricular muscles wherein swelling occurs consequently. This hormone also affects the motility of the intestinal tract as it slows down movement of all food chomped by the pregnant woman.
Solutions and Precautions
Although occurrence of hemorrhoids is likely to happen during pregnancy, there are still ways that will help you fend off the discomforts of hemorrhoid. First in the list is by altering the diet and giving way to healthier alternatives.
Consuming whole grains, fruits and the leafy greens guarantees an increase in fiber in the diet. A trick best used to avoid constipation and excessive muscle straining during bowel movement. Follow a healthy schedule when it comes to your bowel movement.
Not prolonging your urge for bowel movement saves you from going to the bathroom with strained muscles. Lingering in the toilet is not a good practice also as this may add more pressure on the area affected with internal hemorrhoid.
Allotting time for physical activity or exercise also has beneficial effects on blood circulation specially on your rear area thereby eliminating the chance for inflamed veins that soon become irritating piles. Exercise also strengthens the muscles around the vagina as well as the urethra thereby leading to faster recovery after giving birth.
The list of remedies may go on and on. But one thing must definitely be part of your solutions and that is to seek the help of trusted medical practitioners that will assist you in every step of your pregnancy. Make them a part of your pregnancy journey and together, make the most good memories out of the pregnancy experience.