Bringing a new life into the world is undoubtedly a joyous occasion, but the post-pregnancy journey can bring its own set of challenges. Hemorrhoids, often a common woe for new mothers, can dampen the postpartum experience. However, fear not gentle remedies and self-care practices can bring relief and comfort during this delicate time.
Understanding Postpartum Hemorrhoids:
After having a baby especially after a vaginal delivery many women develop hemorrhoids. Symptoms include pain, rectal itching, bleeding after having a bowel movement, or a swollen area around the anus.
Natural Remedies for Postpartum Hemorrhoids:
1. Soothing Sitz Baths:
Use a sitz bath (a basin filled with warm water ) or a bath to soak yourself in warm water. You can also add apple cider vinegar or a pinch of Epsom salt to the warm water to get further relief. Pat gently to dry the affected area. Do this two to four times a day.This will help hemorrhoids to shrink.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. This may help reduce inflammation associated with piles, potentially providing relief from symptoms. Prioritize a colorful array of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, and include omega-3 fatty acids from sources like fatty fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts. Omega-3 supplements, such as fish oil, are also available.
3. Fiber-Rich Diet:
Eat a high-fiber diet. Try to soften your stools by eating foods that are high in fiber. High-fiber foods include vegetables like broccoli, carrots and beetroots, fruits like pears and apples, legumes like lentils and black beans, as well as whole grain cereals and breads.
Drink lots of water. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need at least eight cups of water a day. Have a glass of water every time you nurse your baby.
5. Comfortable Clothing:
Opt for loose, breathable clothing to minimize irritation and allow the affected area to heal without added friction.
Gradual and gentle Kegel exercises can help strengthen pelvic floor muscles, potentially reducing pressure on hemorrhoids. Engage in pelvic floor exercises to improve blood circulation and support the healing process.
7. Avoid Straining:
Avoid straining during bowel movements. Take your time and avoid sitting on the toilet for extended periods.
8. Stool Softeners:
Talk to your doctor about using a stool softener to ease pain during bowel movements. Stool softeners make the stool easier to pass and are generally considered safe during and after pregnancy.
9. Essential oils
Warm olive oil, can soothe and improve bowel movement, reduce swelling, and increase blood vessel elasticity, reducing hard stools.
Coconut oil acts as a natural healer and moisturizer. It will provide relief with signs of hemorrhoids. Hence, the coconut oil at room temperature, on application may eradicate swelling and inflammation. Further, it will not create any urge to scratch the skin. You can consume it in food and also apply it over the affected area.
10. Keep it clean.
After every bowel movement, gently clean your anal area with a witch hazel pad, a soothing baby wipe, or a cotton cloth soaked in warm water. Apply aloe vera gel topically to the affected area for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
11. Rest and Recovery:
Sit on a pillow or waffle cushion to relieve pressure on the rectum. Sitting in a rocking chair or recliner may also be more comfortable than sitting in a straight chair.
Don’t sit too long. Sitting for long stretches of time increases pressure on the veins in your anus. Instead, lie down as much as possible, such as when you’re nursing.
Postpartum hemorrhoids are a common concern for new moms, but with these natural remedies, you can ease discomfort and promote healing during this sensitive time. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before trying any new remedies, especially if you’re breastfeeding or have any pre-existing conditions. Embrace self-care and allow yourself the time and space for recovery as you navigate the beautiful journey of motherhood.