Two types of hemorrhoids can occur during pregnancy: internal and external.
Internal hemorrhoids can cause painless, light-colored blood around your stool or on your toilet paper after wiping.
Occasionally, these internal hemorrhoids can protrude, and you will feel soft swollen masses when wiping.
How do you get rid of hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
To ease the discomfort of hemorrhoids during pregnancy:
- Soak in warm water. Fill the tub with warm water and soak the affected area.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Sitting puts pressure on the veins in your anus and rectum.
- Use an over-the-counter remedy. Apply witch hazel medicated pads to your anal area.
Is it normal to have hemorrhoids during pregnancy?
Hemorrhoids — swollen veins in the anus and rectum — are common during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester when the enlarged uterus puts pressure on the veins. But if you’ve had hemorrhoids before, you’re more likely to get them again when you’re pregnant.
How do you tell if you have a hemorrhoid or something else?
Hemorrhoid symptoms may include finding bright red blood on your toilet paper or seeing blood in the toilet after a bowel movement. Other common symptoms include rectal pain, pressure, burning, and itching. You may also be able to feel a lump in your anal area.
What does a hemorrhoid look like?
What do external and internal hemorrhoids look like (pictures)? A thrombosed hemorrhoid will appear as a lump at the anal verge, protruding from the anus and will be dark bluish in color because of the blood clot contained inside the swollen blood vessel. A non-thrombosed hemorrhoid will appear as a rubbery lump.