Haemorrhoids and Varicose Veins during Pregnancy time

piles & varicose veins during pregnancy

Though they may appear to be two distinct, haemorrhoids and varicose veins are surprisingly similar. And many women, particularly in the third trimester of pregnancy, find both to be uncomfortable.

For some women, varicose veins are a typical, typically unharmful side effect of pregnancy. They take place when the uterus exerts pressure on the major vein (the inferior vena cava), which transports blood from your feet and legs back to your heart. However, bulging, twisted veins are what varicose veins and haemorrhoids both have. Although they can develop in other places of your body, these veins are frequently found in the legs. Haemorrhoids are what they are known when they develop in the rectum.


Piles during pregnancy and varicose veins are two conditions that can become more common. These changes include increased blood volume, which makes veins bigger, the weight of the developing baby pressing against the large blood vessels in the pelvis, which alters blood flow, and hormonal changes that affect blood vessels and can slow the flow of blood back to the heart and make the smaller veins in the pelvis and legs swell.

Long periods spent sitting or standing still may make the veins work harder to pump blood to the heart. This might aggravate any existing haemorrhoids as well as cause enlarged varicose veins. The vaginal region of a woman can potentially develop varicose veins.


Haemorrhoids can develop internally, within the rectum, or externally, surrounding the anal orifice. Sometimes internal haemorrhoids might protrude through the anal orifice.

1. Bright red blood passed with a bowel movement
2. External haemorrhoids can be painful or itch
3. Bleeding if irritated by straining or wiping
4. Varicose veins cause mild swelling in the ankles and feet
5. Varicose veins cause aching, heaviness, or throbbing in the legs
6. Varicose veins can also cause leg cramps


Lady doctor for piles during pregnancy will inspect your legs or the area around your genitalia for varicose veins or haemorrhoids. However, there are several actions you may take to minimize the discomfort:

  • Sit in a tub or sitz bath filled with simple, warm water for about 10 minutes each time to ease discomfort. Don't fill the tub to the top when taking a bath. Just put in enough warm water to sit in. Your rectum will receive that blood flow direction.
  • To lessen swelling, apply cold compresses or ice packs.
  • Inquire with your doctor about creams or other medications that are safe to take while pregnant, such as stool softeners.

Within the first year following birth, the majority of varicose veins that form during pregnancy improve. But for now, try to avoid crossing your legs and restrict how long you stand or sit without getting up. Whenever you are sitting or lying down, attempt to elevate your legs and feet. Also, keep in mind that these issues are typically transient and resolve themselves after birth with time and care.

If your symptoms increase or you have heavy haemorrhoid bleeding, ensure to consult your healthcare professional or take piles treatment during pregnancy seriously.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran