Three Big Pregnancy Problems and What to Do

Pregnancy can be a very difficult time for your body. The task of growing a healthy baby is a big one, and it is naturally going to have some repercussions. The fact of the matter is that, while it is completely normal and natural, pregnancy is also a traumatic event for your body. Pregnancy is a time of discomfort, due to some of these physical strains. The areas of constipation, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins during pregnancy are all good examples, and are all related to one another.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when you have blood that pools in your veins. This happens because your veins are enlarged during pregnancy. This most often occurs in the leg area and the genital area. There are some things you can do to reduce your varicose veins, such as not standing for long amounts of time, wearing clothes that aren’t too tight, wearing support hose, and putting your feet up when you’re sitting down.


A particular type of varicose veins, hemorrhoids occur in the rectum. They’re especially common during pregnancy. In fact, many women who have never had hemorrhoids will experience them for the very first time while they are pregnant. The increased volume of blood in your body, along with the increasing size of your uterus, can cause those veins to become severely enlarged. They can be very painful, as well. They may itch, bleed, and ache, particularly after you have a bowel movement.


Another related pregnancy discomfort can be constipation. Constipation is caused during pregnancy due to the fact that the hormones active in your body actually slow how fast food moves through your digestive system. Here, too, that growing uterus can push on your bowel, making it hard for the intestines to eliminate waste. Further complicating the problem is the fact that constipation can make your hemorrhoids worse.

The best way to deal with constipation and hemorrhoids during pregnancy are to try to prevent them. Eating a diet that’s rich in fiber helps. So does keeping hydrated. Regular exercise can keep things moving along inside the bowel. You might also use stool softeners (not a laxative, however) and hemorrhoid creams to get some relief.

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