Oh no! Piles!
If you have itching and pain where the sun don’t shine, you could have haemorrhoids.
Piles, officially known as haemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins of the anus. They get worse in pregnancy due to a combination of the hormone progesterone relaxing the blood vessels, combined with pressure from the growing uterus.
- Sharp, intermittent pain in the anal region
- Itchiness around the anus
- Mucous discharge
- Small amounts of blood during bowel movements (you may see this on the toilet tissue)
- Discomfort or pain during and after bowel movements
- Most haemorrhoid treatments are available over the counter from pharmacies and are suitable to use during pregnancy, but you should always check with your doctor before using any topical (creams) or oral (tablets) medication.
- Haemorrhoids can also occur as a result of straining to pass bowel movements, so keep constipation away by eating lots of fibre, drinking water - and keep active.