I suffer from piles. What can I do?

Piles are simply swollen blood vessels in the anal canal (back passage) and can occur for the first time particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. They can cause bleeding when you pass a motion and you may be able to feel a lump like a grape where the blood vessel has become swollen. Worst of all, they can be very painful and ache all the time. Piles will improve after the baby is born but your GP will be able to prescribe soothing ointments, and odd as it sounds it often helps if you sit on something cold, like a packet of frozen peas because the cold helps to shrink the swollen blood vessels. In general, it is important to avoid constipation, as this will mean that you strain more when opening your bowels and worsen your piles.
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