Childbirth can result in the development of hemorrhoids, an irritating, itchy, burning and painful condition. Fortunately, new moms (and anyone who suffers from non-severe hemorrhoids) can find relief with RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System.
The first time I had ever HEARD about hemorrhoids was from the Molly Ringwald movie that came out in 1988 called For Keeps which is about a teenage couple that accidentally get pregnant. As a tween, I was fascinated by the love story and the very real information that came about then young people end up having a child much earlier than expected. Perhaps the movie made me decide to not have a child until I was in my 30s, but it also made me aware of all the terribly ‘fun’ stuff that happens to women when they become pregnant and most of it isn’t so pretty.
When I became pregnant, I read up on all the things I could do to take care of myself and preventing or dealing with hemorrhoids was one of them. I didn’t want to get them! But, they are some very simple steps you can do to prevent or, at the very least, decrease the likelihood of getting them or ease the issue that affects more than HALF OF ALL PREGNANT women. Yes, I said more than 50% of pregnant women have to deal with hemorrhoids. YIKES! As usual, I’m not afraid to tackle these subjects, but I also like to give you a bit of a background as to what causes them and things you can to to prevent or treat hemorrhoids.
Why do pregnant or post-partum women get hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are actually varicose veins in the rectum. Lovely, huh? Although they are common and essentially harmless, swollen veins in that area is highly uncomfortable for all the reasons you expect. They usually begin for pregnant women in their second and third trimesters when they enlarged uterus increases blood flow to the pelvis area which aggravates constipation (also fun!) and can develop when you have to push to take bowel movements. When I read all of this, I started to research how to keep them from happening and here are a few simple steps to do while pregnant:
- Stay Hydrated and Eat Plenty of Fiber. Yes, staying regular while pregnant is extremely important not only for your baby’s health but for your own health. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fiber makes going ‘number two’ much easier on your body and your ummmm bottom.
- Sleep on Your Side. While I can’t imagine sleeping on my back when I was VERY pregnant, there is also a good reason to not do it. It actually releases pressure on your rectal area and, for me, kept me from being awake all night from baby kicks!
- Don’t force your bowl movement! This is very important. Between constipation and the continuous trips to the bathroom, especially when you have other kids you are watching, it’s easy to try and go to the bathroom as quickly as possible. Don’t do it! Straining absolutely can lead to hemorrhoids.
- Try hemorrhoid or witch hazel wipes. I didn’t even have hemorrhoids, but having to deal with constipation which can be painful in itself, I started using wipes after I did my business because it helped me feel better and offered some relief.
Unfortunately, constipation issues only increase after you have a baby, which is why the hospital usually gives you hemorrhoid wipes and prescribes you stool softeners before you leave the hospital. USE THEM! The issue will eventually resolve a few months after giving birth, but it’s a very uncomfortable time on top of all the other healing your body is doing and the stress of taking care of a newborn. I was very diligent to take care of my ‘nether’ regions and I’m happy to say I didn’t have any issues, but without using things like the witch hazel pads and taking my time to use the restroom are probably two of the main reasons hemorrhoids didn’t become an issue. For women who are having issues, Recticare put together an entire system to help you out and it’s an inexpensive kit that can take the sting out of this very important and less talked about issue when it comes to childbearing.
RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System
The RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System is recommended by Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is formulated with the highest over-the-counter percentages of lidocaine 5% and phenylephrine HCI 0.25%. This system works quickly to relieve you of hemorroid issues, or in my care, the hemorid wipes were such a huge help when dealing with pregnancy and post-partum constipation.
The system includes:
RectiCare® Advanced Hemorrhoidal Cream works quickly to shrink swollen hemorrhoidal tissue and help relieve the pain, itching and burning associated with hemorrhoids and other anorectal disorders. This cream comes with a supply of 10 non-latex “finger cots,” which are little covers that fit over the finger. They promote hygienic application, since the finger doesn’t come into contact with the product or the area to which it is being applied (aka your ‘bum’.)
Severe Hemorrhoids: It’s important to be evaluated at an early enough stage for intervention of hemrroids, which is something that doctors and nurses check after childbirth in the hospital, but if you still have sever issues and any pain or bleeding post-partum, discuss them with your OBGYN or a colorectal specialist.
List Price: $ 29.99 (Also available at Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS)