You can help prevent the irritating and
painful symptoms of
Include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains in your diet each day. These foods are high in fiber.
Drink plenty of fluids, enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water.
Get some exercise every day. Try to do moderate activity at least 2½ hours a week. Or try to do vigorous activity at least 1¼ hours a week. It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
Take a fiber supplement, such as Citrucel or Metamucil, every day if needed. Start with a small dose and very slowly increase the dose over a month or more.
Practice healthy bowel habits
Go to the bathroom as soon as you have the
Avoid straining to pass stools. Relax and give yourself time
to let things happen naturally.
Avoid holding your breath while
Avoid reading while sitting on the toilet. Get off
the toilet as soon as you have finished.
Modify your daily activities
Avoid prolonged sitting or standing. Take
frequent short walks.
If possible, avoid lifting heavy objects
frequently. If you must lift heavy objects, always exhale as you lift the
object. Don't hold your breath when you lift.
If you are pregnant,
sleeping on your side will lower pressure on the blood vessels in your pelvis.
This can help keep hemorrhoids from becoming bigger.