Piles in pregnancy

Although piles is common in the general population, it is more common in older adults, and pregnant women. Read more to find out about the causes and when to seek medical advice.

Piles is a common symptom of pregnancy. Read on for the causes and symptoms of piles during pregnancy.

What causes piles in pregnancy?

Piles, which are also known as haemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus. They occur in pregnancy because certain hormones make the veins relax. They usually go away within weeks of giving birth. They can itch or feel sore, and sometimes bleed.

Signs of piles

Typical symptoms of piles can include:

  • Itching and redness around the anus
  • Discomfort when passing a stool
  • Discharge of mucus after passing a stool
  • The sensation that the bowels are still full
  • Bleeding after passing a stool.

How long will it last?

This can vary, although if you are in discomfort for an extended period of time, it is best to contact your GP. They are usually treated successfully with over the counter medication and a high fibre diet, although in more serious cases surgery may be required.

When to seek medical help

If you are displaying any symptoms of piles, it is best to see your GP as most cases are easily treated. However, as surgery is sometimes required for more serious cases, attending your GP will give you peace of mind.

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