When to Consult a Doctor: Signs of Severe Piles During Pregnancy

Consult a doctor for piles during pregnancy

Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are a common condition that can occur during pregnancy due to increased pressure on the rectal area caused by the growing uterus and hormonal changes. Here are some signs and symptoms of piles during pregnancy:

  • Rectal Bleeding:

One of the most common symptoms of piles is rectal bleeding, which may appear as bright red blood on toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, or on stool.

  • Itching or Irritation:

Piles can cause itching and irritation around the anal region, which can be uncomfortable, especially during pregnancy.

  • Pain or Discomfort:

Pregnant women with piles may experience pain or discomfort during bowel movements or while sitting for extended periods.

  • Swelling or Lump:

Piles can cause swelling or a lump around the anus, which may be sensitive to touch.

  • Discomfort during Bowel Movements:

Pregnant women with piles may experience discomfort, pain, or difficulty passing stools due to the presence of hemorrhoids.

  • Mucus Discharge:

Some women with piles may notice mucus discharge from the anus.

  • Feeling of Incomplete Evacuation:

Piles can lead to a feeling of incomplete evacuation after bowel movements, even if the bowels are empty.

When Should You Consult a Doctor?

It's important to consult a doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms of piles during pregnancy, especially if they cause significant discomfort or concern. Here are some specific situations when you should seek medical advice:

  • Persistent Symptoms:

If you have persistent symptoms such as rectal bleeding, itching, pain, or swelling around the anal region, it's essential to consult a doctor for evaluation and proper management.

  • Difficulty with Bowel Movements:

If you have difficulty passing stools or experience a feeling of incomplete evacuation despite making dietary or lifestyle changes, it's advisable to seek medical advice.

  • New or Worsening Symptoms:

If you develop new symptoms related to piles or if existing symptoms worsen despite self-care measures, it's essential to consult a healthcare provider for further evaluation and management.

  • Pregnancy Complications:

If you're pregnant and experiencing symptoms of piles, it's important to inform your obstetrician or midwife. They can provide guidance on managing the condition safely during pregnancy and may refer you to a specialist if needed.

Overall, if you're unsure about your symptoms or if they are causing significant discomfort or concern, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and management. Early intervention can help alleviate symptoms, prevent complications, and ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Treatments for Piles during Pregnancy:

Treatment for piles during pregnancy focuses on relieving symptoms and managing discomfort while ensuring the safety of both the mother and the baby. Here are some common treatments and self-care measures for piles during pregnancy:

  • Dietary Modifications:

Increasing fiber intake through fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can help soften stools and ease bowel movements, reducing strain on the rectal area.

  • Topical Treatments:

Over-the-counter (OTC) topical creams, ointments, or suppositories containing ingredients such as witch hazel or hydrocortisone may help relieve itching, inflammation, and discomfort associated with piles.

  • Warm Baths:

Soaking in a warm bath (sitz bath) for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day can help soothe the anal area and alleviate discomfort caused by piles.

  • Ice Packs:

Applying ice packs or cold compresses to the anal area for short periods can help reduce swelling and provide temporary relief from pain and itching.


Recognizing the signs of severe piles during pregnancy is crucial for your health and comfort. At Chennai Laser Gastro Clinic, we understand the sensitivity of this condition and are here to offer expert care and treatment. Our team specializes in gentle, effective solutions to help manage and alleviate your symptoms, ensuring a smoother, more comfortable pregnancy journey. Trust us to provide the support and expertise you need during this important time in your life. Visit our clinic for compassionate care tailored to your unique needs.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran