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Help! I have piles in pregnancy. How to Treat?

Don’t fret. Piles (haemorrhoids) usually get better spontaneously after delivery. Piles can treat effectively during pregnancy if they are painful or bleed. Read these 6 tips.

#1 Soak your buttock in warm Sitz bath several times a day. A simple sitz bath, or small basin that fits over toilet seat, will help. Similarly, you can also fill a small basin with some warm water and enjoy soaking for 15-20 minutes.

#2 Apply ice packs or cold compresses to the perineal area. This will reduce swelling and relieve pain.

#3 Keep the perineum clean and dry. Try moist towelettes or baby wipes to gently clean the area after bowel movements. This is more gentle than dry toilet paper. Try to pat instead of wipe to prevent abrasions or bleeding.

#4 Try stool softeners to prevent


#5 Kick the bad habit of reading a book or looking at your Facebook/Instagram or surfing the internet whilst at your bowel movements. This will worsen the piles.

# 6 Surgery as last resort for infected or thrombosed piles that may potential cause the patient harm. In selected cases, a minor procedure may be performed under local anaesthesia to remove blood clots in the piles and relieve the severe pain.

Treatment of piles after delivery

There are options to treat the piles especially if symptoms persist after 6-8 weeks. Importantly, the surgeon will evaluate your symptoms and a colonoscopy may be required to exclude colorectal cancer if bleeding persists.


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