Women and pregnancy - treatment of haemorrhoids for women during pregnancy

So why do women get haemorrhoids during pregnancy?

There are a number of reasons women suffer haemorrhoids in pregnancy. Your body goes through a lot of changes when you become pregnant and gradually these changes may cause haemorrhoids.

The growing baby in the womb and pushing during labour puts pressure on blood vessels and obstructs the flow of blood in the veins. In addition, pregnancy hormones relax the blood vessels making blood flow sluggish. Consequently the veins become swollen or "varicose".

Being constipated will also increase the chances of developing haemorrhoids. Pressure on the bowel from the baby in the womb, the effect of pregnancy hormones, taking less exercise than usual, a change in diet, and ignoring the call to go to the toilet all contribute to constipation during pregnancy. Constipation can then lead to haemorrhoids.