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Motherhood is one of the most wonderful experiences of your life. After your pregnancy, you want to care for your newborn and your family in peace, without being bothered by embarrassing physical discomforts such as constipation or hemorrhoids.
Unfortunately, pregnancy and childbirth can have unpleasant, though often temporary, after-effects. A glance at websites and social media on pregnancy and motherhood will show how many women experience hemorrhoids or anal fissures, which can last sometimes several months after childbirth. Typically, this starts with constipation, which they are able to resolve, except that every time they go to the toilet, they experience discomfort and realize that there is blood in their stool and the area is inflamed.
Too often, women are embarrassed to talk to a health care professional about constipation and hemorrhoids. Before doing this, they try all kinds of home remedies, and then go online to consult other women. Above all, don't be embarrassed to discuss these kinds of problems with a health care professional as soon as symptoms develop, starting with constipation. Treatment options are available to relieve your symptoms and prevent complications.
The various sections of this website will provide you with more information about hemorrhoids and other anorectal conditions. Some may be related to pregnancy, while others are not. You can also browse the Pregnancy and Maternity Resources section, for information and reference sources on nutrition, lifestyle habits, the role of vitamins and minerals, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and advice from professionals on products that are commonly used and conditions that are commonly experienced during and after pregnancy.