During pregnancy, both constipation and pressure on the lower part of the body can produce hemorrhoids.
Fiber will soften your stool and make it easier to pass. Eat whole grains, fresh or dried fruits and vegetables, or beans with every meal.
Another way to soften stools is to drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours.
Food to Avoid
Don’t eat foods that are difﬁcult for your body to process. Greasy, fried, and junk foods are all off-limits; so are any other items that are high in saturated fat.
Cow’s milk is constipating for some pregnant women.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Hemorrhoids
Super Prescription #1 Psyllium
Psyllium is a good ﬁber supplement and has been shown to reduce the pain and the bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. Take 5 to 7 grams daily, along with 10 ounces of water.
Super Prescription #2 Flaxseed oil
Take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily. Flaxseed oil improves regularity and reduces strain- ing. It also contains essential fatty acids that promote tissue healing. Note: Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs.
Super Prescription #3 Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Take a standardized extract containing 25 percent anthocyanosides at 160 mg twice daily. Bilberry improves circulation and strengthens capillary walls.
Super Prescription #4 Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Apply it as a gel or a cream to external hemorrhoids, or add 1 ounce to a sitz bath
Super Prescription #5 Probiotic
This contains friendly bacteria, such as lactobacillus and biﬁdo bacterium, which improve digestion and constipation. Take a product that contains at least 4 billion active organisms daily.
Super Prescription #6 Bioﬂavonoid complex
Take 1,000 mg two to three times daily. Various ﬂavonoids, such as rutin and hes- peridin, have been shown to be effective in treating hemorrhoids. They reduce swelling and prevent bleeding.
Super Prescription #7 Greens drink
Consume a greens drink that contains a blend of super green foods, such as chlorella, spirulina, and so on. It provides ﬁber. Take as directed on the container.
Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms in this section. Take a 6x, 12x, 6C,12C, or 30C potency twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Con- sultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised.
study of ﬁfty-one pregnant women found that supple- mentation of bilberry signiﬁcantly improved the pain, the burning, and the itching associated with their hemorrhoids.
Aesculus Hippocastanum is for a pain that feels as if the rectum is being poked with sticks. The pain extends to the back.
Aloe Vera is for large, painful hemorrhoids. Your doctor states that the hemorrhoids look like a “bunch of grapes.” They feel better with cold compresses. You may be prone to diarrhea.
Calcarea Fluorica is helpful when bleeding and itching occur with the hemorrhoids. Often, lower back pain is present. You may have problems with flatulence and constipation.
Ignatia (Ignatia amara) is for hemorrhoids that cause a stabbing or sticking pain, along with rectal spasms. Symptoms feel worse from emotional upset.
Nux Vomica is for painful hemorrhoids that come on as a result of chronic con- stipation and straining with bowel movements. The woman feels irritable.
Ratanhia helps when one experiences a lot of pain after a bowel movement. There is a cutting pain that feels as if one is sitting on broken glass.
Sulphur is for large, itching, burning hemorrhoids that tend to be worse at night. The anal area is red and inﬂamed, and there is often ﬂatulence with a foul odor.
A sitz bath, if it’s comfortable for you, offers temporary relief of pain and swelling.
Keep moving. A daily walk will improve your circulation and keep you regular.