Aelius Surgical Centre Logo

Piles during pregnancy

Piles During Pregnancy

Piles, also known as Haemorrhoids, is a common condition during pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester and up to a month after childbirth. The tissue cushions in the anus become swollen due to enlarged and congested blood vessels.

Increased pressure of the foetus on the pelvic area, and constipation due to hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the enlarged and congested blood vessels in the anal tissue cushions to swell and bleed.

Besides anal swelling, bleeding may be observed in the toilet bowl or on toilet paper after wiping. Other common symptoms may include persistent itch and discharge. In serious cases, large painful irreducible prolapsed piles may lead to further complications such as infection or ulceration.

To ease the symptoms caused by piles during pregnancy, avoid prolonged standing or straining. Fibre and water intake can help with regular bowel movement. Certain cases may benefit from consultation with a specialist colorectal surgeon for individualised treatment.

Although piles during pregnancy are common, medical attention should be sought if the symptoms, such as bleeding, persist and/or worsen.