Hemorrhoids are swollen, enlarged veins in the rectum. They’re very common during pregnancy and after childbirth. In fact, almost half of new mothers report symptoms at 4 weeks postpartum. They are also more common after vaginal deliveries than cesarean deliveries.
Hemorrhoids can be internal (usually painless) or external (can be very painful). They typically go away on their own by 6 weeks postpartum. However, with treatment, the pain and swelling should decrease dramatically within a few days.
Risk factors for hemorrhoids during pregnancy or after childbirth include:
If constipation is causing your hemorrhoids, treating that will help the hemorrhoids heal. To relieve constipation:
To relieve any pain and itching from hemorrhoids, here are some things you can do at home:
If the pain does not go away within a few days, contact your healthcare provider.