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Are hemorrhoids normal during the second trimester of pregnancy?

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Hemorrhoids are actually varicose veins -- swollen blue or purple veins that form around the anus. These veins may enlarge during pregnancy, because extra blood is flowing through them and there is increased pressure on them from the growing uterus. Varicose veins can be itchy and uncomfortable. To relieve them, try sitting in a warm tub or sitz bath. Ask your doctor whether you can use an over-the-counter hemorrhoid ointment.

From: Second Trimester of Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

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Ratcliffe, S. , third edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

Gabbe, S. , 5th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

Gursoy, M. , July 2008; vol 35: pp 574-583. Journal of Clinical Periodontology

Ellegard, E. , 2003; vol 2: pp 469-475. American Journal of Respiratory Medicine

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Skin Conditions During Pregnancy."

Tunzi, M. , January 2007; vol 75: pp 211-218. American Family Physician

American Pregnancy Association: "Hair Removal During Pregnancy," "Pregnancy and Headaches."

March of Dimes: "Backache," "Congestion and Nosebleeds."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

American Academy of Periodontology. "Baby Steps to Healthy Pregnancy and On-Time Delivery."

Silk, H. , April 2008; vol 77: pp 1139-1144. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Ratcliffe, S. , third edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

Gabbe, S. , 5th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

Gursoy, M. , July 2008; vol 35: pp 574-583. Journal of Clinical Periodontology

Ellegard, E. , 2003; vol 2: pp 469-475. American Journal of Respiratory Medicine

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Skin Conditions During Pregnancy."

Tunzi, M. , January 2007; vol 75: pp 211-218. American Family Physician

American Pregnancy Association: "Hair Removal During Pregnancy," "Pregnancy and Headaches."

March of Dimes: "Backache," "Congestion and Nosebleeds."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

American Academy of Periodontology. "Baby Steps to Healthy Pregnancy and On-Time Delivery."

Silk, H. , April 2008; vol 77: pp 1139-1144. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 04, 2018

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