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A balanced diet to keep away piles during pregnancy

Hemorrhoids, as piles are commonly known, are the swollen blood vessels present in and around the rectum and anus. Any factor which leads to pressure in the anal region aggravates piles.

During pregnancy, piles occur as the expanding size of the uterus exerts pressure in the blood vessels of the anal region. The hormone progesterone relaxes the walls of the blood vessels and increases the risk of piles.

Piles are very common during pregnancy. It usually occurs during the third trimester or after delivery.

Depending on their position in the anal region they are categorized into external (hanging out in and around the anal region), internal piles (present inside the rectum). Often piles bleed and are known as bleeding piles.

Symptoms of piles

Following symptoms are observed if the patient is suffering from piles,

  • Itching around the anus.

  • Blood while passing stool.

  • Mucus in the stool.

  • Pain and discomfort while defecation.

  • A sensation of stool in rectum even after a bowel movement.

  • Irritation and soreness in and around the anus.

According to Ayurveda piles occur due to a weak digestive system, and improving it can heal or give relief from the symptoms.

Diet to give relief from hemorrhoids during pregnancy

A change in diet or consuming a healthy balanced diet is what is required to keep away piles. Below are mentioned a few ways you can eat healthily and stay fit.

Fiber-rich diet

Fiber is known for its health benefits to the stomach. Increasing fiber in the diet for the people suffering from piles is very necessary as it helps in clearing the bowel. It adds bulk to the stool and helps to keep it soft so that it can easily be expelled without causing much trouble to the blood vessels around. Fiber-rich foods include lentils, beans, banana, radish, turnip, whole wheat, onion, ginger, and many more.

Hydration

Lots of fluid should be taken to keep the body hydrated. A good fluid intake keeps the intestine clear and also the bowels. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices help keep up with the fluid level.

It is also important to take 8-10 glasses of water every day.

No to caffeine and alcohol

Caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee should be avoided as it can cause loss of water leading to constipation.

Alcohol has a diuretic effect and should be substituted with lots of water.

Figs

One of the oldest and an excellent remedy for constipation, dried figs can be consumed for piles prevention

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