Constipation & haemorrhoids
These two uncomfortable pregnancy side effects can make life miserable. We share some simple tips to avoid these symptoms, and if you are unlucky to be experiencing them, tips for relieving the pain.
Symptoms of Haemorrhoids
- Pain dull ache, stinging in rectum and anus
- Bleeding after a bowel movement (Note: Anal fissures – small tears on anus – can also cause bleeding)
- Lumps, skin tags or swelling around anus
Creams to relieve pain and itching are available from chemists. Your GP can prescribe mild steroid cream and or suppositories.
One or more of the following may offer relief:
- Witch hazel (available from chemists). Apply witch hazel directly to haemorrhoid, three times a day with a cotton pad. Soaked pads can also be frozen and applied. You could also sit in a warm shallow bath with witch hazel added.
- Sit in a warm shallow bath with 1/2 cup salt added. Salt keeps everything clean and aids healing.
- Chamomile tincture (from health food stores) has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Recommended for healing and wound management of haemorrhoids and episiotomies. Mix 10 mls tincture with warm water, in a container big enough to sit in. Soak for 10 minutes. Tincture can be applied directly to irritated skin.
Expert tips on constipation
Our dietitian Robyn Lawrence shares some ways to avoid and manage this uncomfortable condition:
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