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Are hemorrhoids normal during the third trimester of pregnancy?

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Hemorrhoids are actually varicose veins -- swollen veins that form around the anus. These veins enlarge during pregnancy because extra blood is flowing through them and the weight of pregnancy increases the amount of pressure to the area. To relieve the itch and discomfort, try sitting in a warm tub or sitz bath. Ask your doctor whether you can also try an over-the-counter hemorrhoid ointment or stool softener.

From: Third Trimester of Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

Roberts, J.R., Hedges, J.R., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies,

Bope, E.T., Rakel, R.E., Kellerman, R., eds., , 1st edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Conn's Current Therapy 2010

Ratcliffe, S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., eds., , Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

March of Dimes: "Weight Gain During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

Roberts, J.R., Hedges, J.R., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies,

Bope, E.T., Rakel, R.E., Kellerman, R., eds., , 1st edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Conn's Current Therapy 2010

Ratcliffe, S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., eds., , Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

March of Dimes: "Weight Gain During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

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