Piles, also known as Haemorrhoids,
are swollen veins in the rectum (back passage) which may itch,
ache or feel sore. You can also feel the lumpiness of the
piles around the back passage. They are common during pregnancy
due to pressure on the circulatory system, and strain caused
by constipation. Piles may also bleed a little and it will
make going to the toilet uncomfortable or very painful. Piles
usually go shortly after pregnancy.
- Eat plenty
of food that is high in fibre, like wholemeal bread, fruits
and vegetables and also drink plenty of water.
- Take regular
exercise such as walking or swimming to improve your circulation.
- Avoid standing
for long periods.
- Sleep with
the foot of your bed slightly raised on books or bricks.
- If the piles
stick out push them back gently using a lubricating jelly
- Use an ice
pack to ease discomfort, holding this gently against the
piles, or use a cloth wrung out in iced water.