When you are pregnant, the growing weight of your uterus, and your baby, put more pressure on all of the organs and parts of your lower body – including your rectum. Since there is already more blood flowing around your body, this makes it more likely that it will pool in parts of your body, causing varicose veins, or in this case, haemorrhoids.
 
There’s no way to guarantee that you won’t get haemorrhoids – sometimes they really just happen – but there are ways to reduce your risk.
 
Try to stay hydrated, and eat a balanced diet, that includes plenty of fibre. This should help you to avoid constipation, and straining.
 
Do a little light exercise – even if it’s only a walk – to get your blood flowing, and help prevent it from pooling in areas where you don’t want it.
 
Lastly, try to avoid gaining too much weight – more weight means more strain, and that can result in haemorrhoids.
 
If you do find yourself suffering from haemorrhoids, speak to your doctor. There are several over the counter remedies that can offer some relief.
 
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