June 27th, 2012

Although piles are common in pregnancy, they’re not inevitable. Your best tactic is to make sure that you don’t become constipated, so that when you do a poo it is quick and easy.

The following tips will help you:

Eat a high-fibre diet, including wholemeal bread, pasta and brown rice, and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Drink between six and eight glasses of water day, so you don’t become dehydrated.

Try to exercise regularly, even if you only have the time and energy for a short, brisk walk.

Go to the loo straight away when you get the urge. Waiting can make your poo harder and drier.

Try putting your feet up on a stool when doing a poo. It may make opening your bowels easier.

If you still have constipation after trying these tips, you could ask your GP or midwife to prescribe a laxative that is safe to take during pregnancy.

Doing pelvic floor exercises daily may help prevent piles from developing. These exercises increase circulation around your bottom and strengthen the muscles in your vagina and perineum. (Doing the exercises will also help you when you give birth and speed up your recovery afterwards.)

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