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ElephantGirl

Hi All,

 

So along with all my other pregnancy symptoms I have hemorrhoids (brings me to tears most days), I was just wondering if you had them during pregnancy how were they during labour and how long was recovery after birth?

 

They are not occuring from constipation but from they pressure that the baby is putting on the area.

 

Thanks

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Tesseract

I didn't have them during pregnancy, I'm sure others will chime in with that. But I developed a nice big one during the birth. It took about 2 weeks of daily treatment after bubs was born to go away and it hasn't reappeared since.

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Bluenomi

Ahh the joys of pregnancy. I had them on and off the whole time I was pregnant.

 

I'd managed to get rid of them before I went into labour but ended up with some huge ones after 2 hours of pushing, they were more painful that my episiotomy and stiches! Make sure you get the midwives to give you some cream. They are 2 kinds, ask for the extra strong stuff which not only dulls the pain but helps shrink them. Keep your fluids and fibre up so everything keeps moving which helps them shrink back down.

 

Mine took a good 4 or 5 weeks to settle back down (but I had a really bad case) and it was a good 6 months before they stopped reappearing

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sophiasmum

I had them during all my pregnancies. I didn't feel them during labour because everything sort of goes "numb" down there. But boy did I feel them afterwards. I used proctocedyl cream for about 2 wks until I felt relief. My colorectal surgeon did say he would band them if they were that bad, but I didn't bother in the end.

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ElephantGirl

Thanks ladies, so I'll just have to wait and see what happens.......I was very much hoping to hear that they cleared really quickly because the pressure from baby was no longer there.

 

Oh well all for a good cause I guess :D

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nucka

do not remind my hemorrhoids, it was so awful, I was not able to sit, to walk and to sleep and especially when they started to bleed :(

 

Symptoms ceased after the birth

 

 

 

 

 

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ElephantGirl
do not remind my hemorrhoids, it was so awful, I was not able to sit, to walk and to sleep and especially when they started to bleed :(

 

Symptoms ceased after the birth

 

Oh nucka this is exactly where I am at, at the moment......I can only hope that they dissapear after birth like yours did.

It really is so much worse when there is pressure there, and my baby is very low now and I can feel the pressure from her, especially when she wriggles a little. Also when I have a tightening it's all ok however when the tightening finishes there is some extreme pain :cry:

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Xiola

I first got them after DS1's labour and they took about 2 very painful weeks to go away that time. They came back immediately after DS2's labour and also took about 2 weeks to go. I had them on and off during DD's pregnancy and then they came on strong again after her labour and took 2 weeks to go and I haven't had any problems since.

 

They're by far the most painful part of the whole process for me...so glad I'm not planning on no.4!!!

 

Good luck...I wouldn't wish them on anyone.

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Divine 37

I started getting them at about 32 weeks with my first pregnancy, i didn't feel them at all during labour.

 

I did get DH to put cream on it, and that helped :blush:

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Missmarymack

I had some during my pregnancy with DD1 and one got huge after labour. It was by far the most painful part of my recovery. The nurses told me they had seen worse though (eek!), but it still took almost 9 months to settle right down.

 

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PolkaDots

I got two with my first PG (one at 12 wks) and one later on. The first one was painful and bleeding and terrible. Then some of the ladies on EB put me on to Proctosedyl!

 

The second one cleared up after a couple of days and the Cluster that I got during labour were gone within 4 days!

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*Tess*

I was hospitalised and given morphine for haemorrhoids when I was 38 weeks. There was some discussion about having a Caesar because of them, which I didn't want. There was also much discussion about the size of them by everyone who came for a look. I did feel like somewhat of a freak show!

In the end I didn't feel them at all during labour and they had gone by the following day. They were solely due to the pressure of the baby.

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ElephantGirl

Thanks everyone for your replies, it is amazing at how different everyone's experiences have been. I am pretty sure that mine have been pressure related as baby has moved (was on the right and now on the left) and I haven't had anymore dispite having a few issues going to the toilet.

 

I am happy to know that it won't interfear with the labour though, I was scared that i'd be afraid to push.

 

Thanks again for your replies, not the nicest topic to talk about ;)

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shoopdeboop

I got them during labour when I had a twin birth and OMG the most painful thing in the world, way worse after the birth then any other part of it. I'll never forget the nurse saying to me in the recovery room "I'm not sure why you're in so much pain, the stitches are really neat... But you do have a really big hemorrhoid" Then I was given pethidine. My bum has never been the same!

I'm 24 wks preg now and it has started playing up again and I am SO SO scared about the pain it will cause when I go into labour :cry:

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ubermum

Didn't have them with my most recent pregnancy, but did with the last ones. I find they took until about 8-12 weeks to resolve. This is because it takes that long for my milk to settle down and the constipation to go. I gush milk all over the place and just cant drink enough water, no matter how much I guzzle.

 

This time though I had a lovely varicose vein on my vulva caused by the pressure of pregnancy. That resolved in the first 15 days. The joys of pregnancy!

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witchesforest

yep i am cursed with them too. had them during my last pregnancy and during this one, during the late stages when baby was big and heavy.

 

after my DD was born they were really bad but with treatment went away after about 4 weeks or so. i was mega constipated which irritated them, and would definitely suggest some serious metamucil or similar in the weeks before and after labour.

 

on the plus side, they have always definitely disappeared between pregnancies so not like they are a permanent addition to your life!

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premmie

I was hugely constipated in my first pregnancy but no haemmoroids thankfully, they made an appearance during my labour! From about 45 minutes of intense pushing. I also used the creams but they still play up and bleed even two years later. I managed the constipation better the second time around in pregnancy, and i pushed for maybe 90 seconds in my second labour. So thankfully they didn't erupt again!

 

My ob won't refer me on to have them removed until I'm certain there will be no more kids as they just come back.

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Neph
I didn't have them during pregnancy, I'm sure others will chime in with that. But I developed a nice big one during the birth. It took about 2 weeks of daily treatment after bubs was born to go away and it hasn't reappeared since.

 

 

 

same for me however it is now 20 months later and i still suffer from them (not the monster one i got from the birth itself, just smaller ones and sometimes a few at a time).

 

not really sure they will ever go away (so stuck with them for life whereas i'd never had them before having a baby) ... the usual creams treat them a bit but they always come back. diet is not a factor - always a healthy eater.

 

i'm realising that VB has so much godforsaken aftermath crap that women don't often realise they can be stuck with ... often well past the birth time (years even).

 

fml

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Onyx

I had almost forgotten about my trouble with them when pregnant with DS until reading this.

 

I did ok until 32ish weeks and got one cut out. Then they came back just before I was induced, after giving birth they were the worst they had been. The midwives all knew and so many said they had never seen any as bad as mine!

 

Salt baths, proctocedyal and panadol, took about 3-4 weeks to be completely pain free

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SnazzyFeral

They got a bit bad by the time I was in labour and really bad during. They hurt when everything else was still numb. The OB who came to stich me up after stuck her finger up my bottom with something on it to "make it better". I could have kissed her, whatever it was made the pain stop and cleared them up by the next day pretty much.

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BlueUnicorn

Just wanted to say I had them too from the pressure of the babies. With my first I had a massive one (from pushing)and the nurse gave me hirudoid cream to put on it. The relief was almost instant, after a few applications. With my second the chemist gave me proctosedyl and it was not near as good. This time I just got the Hirudoid, even though it's not specifically for hemorrhoids ( the assistant at the chemist thought I was weird) I found the pain goes within a day and they shrink within a few days. *not recommending it, just saying it was the thing that worked fr me.

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jamdonut

OP, I'm in the same situation as you. I got a stage 4 haemorrhoid a month ago simply due to the pressure of the baby against my bowel. The pain was incredible. I went to the GP who nearly fainted when he saw it and referred me to see a colorectal surgeon two days later, by which time the pain had lessened significantly.

 

The surgeon said the haemorrhoid would not resolve itself and that it could possible worsen during labour. He said he could remove it surgically before labour but the pain associated with the incision could possibly be worse than what I was currently experiencing. His advice was to wait until I had the baby and then come back to see him for possible surgical treatment. He said if the haemorrhoid was causing me a lot of pain immediately after the birth I could call him and he would come perform the surgery immediately.

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MwahMum

Any updates or recent anecdotes to share here?

 

I am fluctuating between calm preparedness for impending labour (in the next week or so) and complete dread at aggravating these further. (To the point that I am contemplating an elective emergency C section if they haven't calmed down in the next few days).

 

Also wondering if there's any point in consulting a colo-rect specialist this close out? To see if they have an opinion on the impact labour may have on them...

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cabbage88

Any updates or recent anecdotes to share here?

 

I am fluctuating between calm preparedness for impending labour (in the next week or so) and complete dread at aggravating these further. (To the point that I am contemplating an elective emergency C section if they haven't calmed down in the next few days).

 

Also wondering if there's any point in consulting a colo-rect specialist this close out? To see if they have an opinion on the impact labour may have on them...

We are due the same time with the same problem!

I only got mine after my first labour, due to prolonged second stage and she was hitting my back passage as she was stuck. They returned on and off my next pregnancy but everything was crap then (twins) they were gone petty much immediately after my c sect. This time I'm VBAC and have had them on and off if I ever have the slightest trouble passing a bowel movement.

Knowing that it's really second stage that puts the pressure on, and hopefully that doesn't last long I'm not that worried about labour. I know how fast they can go afterwards. And the cream really does help, as does pressing them back inside when they settle enough to be "popped" back in. When they're too big and swollen I can't do that but it's instant relief when I can. I usually find it easier to do standing in the shower.

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cvbn

Proctosedyl is your friend!

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