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Piles. The list of glamorous pregnancy side effects just never stops, does it? Haemorrhoids (or piles to the less-confident speller) are simply varicose veins in your rectum. We say ‘simply’... they can be itchy and achy and really sore, too, particularly during a bowel movement.
Prevention is better than cure here, and the key is to keep yourself regular and not get constipated if possible. Drink plenty of water and ensure your diet is high in fibre. Fresh fruit and veg, dried fruit and wholemeal bread will all help keep you going. Gentle exercise and avoiding standing still for too long can also lower your chances of developing piles.
If they do strike, use a cold flannel pressed to the ‘area’ to numb the soreness, and when wiping use moist toilet paper and pat, rather than rub.
Piles are unlikely to cause any trouble during birth. Not to put too fine a point on it, but in the throes of contractions, the piles will be the last thing on your mind. They may bleed a little after delivery but eventually should shrink back within a few weeks of birth.
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