Pregnancy & Parenting >> Common Problems During Pregnancy >> Piles


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 or cream.
  • Use an ice pack to ease discomfort, holding this gently against the piles, or use a cloth wrung out in iced water.
Pregnancy & Parenting >> Common Problems During Pregnancy >> Piles

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