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*warning tmi* Hemorrhoids during late pregnancy...
Will they affect birth? Help!!

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#1 BentoBaby

Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:35 AM

I know this is way tmi but...

I have just suddenly developed some little hemorrhoids. They appeared overnight after Christmas (thanks Santa) & aren't painful but do feel a bit uncomfortable. I have no bleeding or other symptoms (just felt them while cleaning in the shower  huh.gif )

So given I am only 2 weeks off giving birth I am now really worried they will interfere during birth &/or become much worse & cause pain.

If you developed them in late pregnancy did they get worse during birth? Did they go away? How long did they hang around for?

I went to the chemist & have been applying Proctosedyl & using wet toilet wipes & having a bath each day but I'm not holding out hope that they will be gone in the next week or 2 sad.gif

#2 laridae

Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:40 AM

If you hadn't got them now you probably would have blown out a few when giving birth anyway from all the pushing...
Mine went away after a few weeks original.gif

#3 Guest_ladidadida_*

Posted 28 December 2010 - 11:44 AM

Wouldn't interfere with the birth, may cause some pain but doubt you will really notice over the labour pain!

#4 Twilight26

Posted 28 December 2010 - 12:30 PM

I got one during late pregnancy with ds2 but I wouldnt have known during labour (you will have other pain to worry about). It went away a few days after his birth. Like pp said you probably would have popped a few during labour anyway...you do some heavy duty pushing then. Def dont even give them a second thought. Just do what you are doing and prepare for labour as normal. Goodluck

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 28 December 2010 - 01:04 PM

Can you pop them back in mtilly? I know it sounds ouchy but if you can gently reinsert them they are far less of a bother.
They should not cause any problem in labour although pushing may make them 'pop' out a little (or a lot) more.
There are stronger creams available by prescription if they become troublesome after delivery!
Good luck

#6 BentoBaby

Posted 28 December 2010 - 01:44 PM

Hmmm soontobegran I maybe could? I hadn't tried (didn't want to irritate them further). I will have a bath & give that a try when I apply the cream. Wow pregnancy is fun!

#7 ducks-on-the-dam

Posted 28 December 2010 - 01:53 PM

I had quite big ones (I've had big babies), and the only thing that made them disappear totally was apple cider Vinegar, placed on a couple of makeup remover pads (or cotton wool balls), and placed on the area for about a minute.
They shrank almost instantly.
I did this about 2-3 times a day over a couple of days and they were gone.

You can google the use of it- it is very common. A few people have had a burn, so make sure it's ACV, not normal vinegar (also organic is better too)
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#8 Soontobegran

Posted 28 December 2010 - 02:02 PM

I should have mentioned that Witch hazel ointment or drops placed on a pad can be REALLY soothing and can help them shrink! Same for vulval varicosities too ( not that you have them too mtilly) original.gif

#9 BentoBaby

Posted 28 December 2010 - 02:13 PM

Ok I popped them back in & that actually feels like it has helped somewhat. Thanks original.gif

I have both apple cider vinegar & witch hazel so I will try them on cotton wool balls alternating between cream applications.

I'm just hoping I may be able to shrink or get rid of them before I go into labour. I know they'll probably come back but I'd imagine it is better to start without them than add to ones already there!! How long do they normally take to heal? Bubby is due in 2 weeks (assuming he stays put till his due date!). Am I dreaming thinking they may heal by then?!

#10 Guest_ladidadida_*

Posted 28 December 2010 - 02:22 PM

I had them with baby no 2 and they didn't go away before she was born. They got better very quickly after she was born though.

#11 newmum19

Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:46 PM

I hate to break your heart, but it is highly unlikely that they will go away pre birth. They occur due to the way the baby is lying and its weight.

They should however, disappear just as soon as that baby is out!

I developed them at 20 weeks - made me miserable right till the end! Witch hazel was good, and if they do get really uncomfortable, sitting on icepacks and warm baths original.gif Wish I had known about the vinegar!

#12 BentoBaby

Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:03 PM

I hate to break your heart, but it is highly unlikely that they will go away pre birth.

I feared this might be the case sad.gif

Do they interfere with birth? I was really hoping for a natural birth without intervention.

#13 Guest_ladidadida_*

Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:18 PM

QUOTE (mtilly @ 28/12/2010, 06:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I feared this might be the case sad.gif

Do they interfere with birth? I was really hoping for a natural birth without intervention.

No, they weren't even noticed

#14 Divine 37

Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:27 PM

I had them with DS and it didn't interfere with the birth at all, and went away not long after suprisingly.

#15 Butterscotch

Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:51 AM

I had a thrombosed haemmorhoid that was lanced twice before I had DD3 sad.gif  FREEEEAAAKING PAINFUL things they are!!  By the time I went into labour with her it was still there, but not as thrombosed or as painful as it was.  I was really worried too about what impact it might have on my labour and birth, especially as I'd planned an active, drug free labour and birth.  However, it didn't bother me one bit!  And I did have a drug free labour and birth wink.gif  However, the haemmorhoid did flare up again from the pushing during the birth, so I had to go through all the treatment (though didn't need lancing again) to deal with it afterwards.

#16 BentoBaby

Posted 29 December 2010 - 07:11 AM

Butterscotch you have no idea how relieved I am to read your birth story!! Your haemmorhoids sound serious & yet you still had a great birth. Thank you so much!! biggrin.gif

Quick question for anyone who knows, do I need to rest/lie down etc or is it ok to be up & walking/tidying as I would like?! I just don't want to make them worse but I really want to get some cleaning & organizing done before this baby arrives!

#17 patto74

Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:29 PM

I am due in February with my first baby.  I have been trying to research websites and such in regards to hemorrhoids and the treatment for them.  I have one really painful one at the moment and although it is not bleeding it really hurts.  Can you still apply creams such as Rectinol whilst pregnant (sorry if this sounds naive - my doctor wasn't available for me to ask and knowing me I would be too embarrassed to ask anyway).  
I haven't tried to put it back in as I didn't know you should touch them :~

So glad I found this post, don't feel like a leper now.

#18 Guest_arc26_*

Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:40 PM

I previously had them before being pregnant (have had 3 tied and they still came back!) and every now and then they would flare up and then recede again.

Didn't affect labour at all, I had a drug free natural birth, however they were pretty bad afterwards. I used ice and got my hubby to get me a donut cushion which definitely helped for sitting.

Yes, we are our own worst enemies, staying off you feet will definitely help them go down faster but it is so hard to do with a new bub and even before when you are getting the house ready.

Wish I had known about the vinegar and witch hazel - and yes I feel better having read this post to - I am not a freak original.gif

#19 newmum19

Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:48 PM

The cream I used while pregnant was called Scheriproct. You need a prescription for it, but its stronger than anything over the counter and has a nice little anaesthetic in it to ease the discomfort. Definately try to push it back up, it is more comfortable and not that difficult if you use a bit of cream.

They are such awful things!

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