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I Recommend: -:( tinyurl.com ):- A hemorrhoid is actually a form of a varicose vein. The veins in and around the rectum become swollen. During pregnancy, your body has more blood circulating through your veins. All your veins, especially those below your uterus, become dilated. Symptoms include itching, burning, pain, and bleeding. Bleeding from a hemorrhoid is usually bright red, and more often seen on the toilet paper than in the bowl. Always get rectal bleeding checked out by a doctor, even if you suspect it is due to a hemorrhoid. Can I prevent them? For pregnant women, the main culprit behind the formation of hemorrhoids is constipation. Straining while moving your bowels puts even more pressure on the already dilated veins. If you do get constipated, talk to your health team about a stool softener. To avoid constipation in the first place: Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Eat a high fiber diet (bulk-forming agents such as Metamucil may be help). Exercise regularly. Kegel Exercises Tense the muscles in your vaginal and rectal area. Hold this position for 8 to 10 seconds, relax, and then repeat several times. Do several sets of these throughout the day. You can do Kegels just about anywhere (sitting at your desk, in your car, waiting at the doctors office) and no one will even notice. Kegel exercises are beneficial for two reasons. The first is that they will increase circulation to your rectum, which in turn will help to prevent hemorrhoids. The second is that they
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