2. Normal Discomforts of Pregnancy
1) Definition: Swelling of
veins in and around the anus.
2) Physiological basis
(a) The enlarging uterus creates
(b) Constipation is a contributing factor.
(c) Increased progesterone relaxes the
walls of the veins.
(a) Avoid constipation and straining
with bowel movements.
(b) Practice kegel exercises.
(c) We advise sitz baths.
(d) Adequate rest, and exercise as permitted
by the OB care provider, will help also.
(e) Ice the area.
(f) The expectant mother should rest
in bed with her hips and lower extremities elevated.
(g) Analgesic ointments may be prescribed
by the OB care provider.
4) Indicators to refer to your OB care
(a) Severe, persistent symptoms
should be reported.