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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids don't really need an introduction -- if you've got them, you know how much they suck. But are there ways to prevent them? Get rid of them? We've got the answers you're looking for.

What are hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

Swollen, itchy varicose veins where the sun don't shine are called hemorrhoids.

What are the signs of hemorrhoids?

You might notice pain or irritation in your rectal area, or a weird lump there. You might bleed or have pain when you go number two.

Are there any tests for hemorrhoids?

Your doctor can probably diagnose hemorrhoids just by examining you. If he suspects another digestive disease or colorectal cancer, you may have further testing.

How common are hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

We don’t have stats on these, but believe us, they’re common.

How did I get hemorrhoids?

For some women, hemorrhoids are just in the cards...and unfortunately, it sounds like you're one of them. You've got extra blood flowing through your veins right now, and it can sometimes pool up in the parts of your body most affected by gravity (such as, yes, the rectum). The result is often hemorrhoids. Plus, your growing uterus adds pressure to the region, making it particularly prone to swelling, and the forthcoming strains of childbirth can start the problem right over again.

How will my hemorrhoids affect my baby?

They shouldn’t. Some hemorrhoids require a medical procedure to get rid of, though, so see your doc if yours aren’t going away with treatment (see next page).

-- Paula Kashtan


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