In this Article
- Pregnancy facts*
- What is the first trimester (week 1-week 12)?
- What is the second trimester (week 13-week 28)?
- What is the third trimester (week 29-week 40)?
- How will my baby develop week by week?
- What are the changes that happen to a woman's body during her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy?
- Body aches
- Breast changes
- Fatigue, sleep problems
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Leg cramps
- Morning sickness
- Nasal problems
- Numb or tingling hands
- Stretch marks, skin changes
- Urinary frequency and leaking
- Varicose veins
- Stages of Pregnancy - Slideshow
- Pregnancy Myths and Facts FAQs
- Find a local Obstetrician-Gynecologist in your town
Hemorrhoids (HEM-roidz) are swollen and bulging veins in the rectum. They can cause itching, pain, and bleeding. Up to 50 percent of pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy for many reasons. During pregnancy blood volume increases greatly, which can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Plus, constipation can worsen hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids usually improve after delivery.
What might help:
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Eat fiber-rich foods, like whole grains, raw or cooked leafy green vegetables, and fruits.
- Try not to strain with bowel movements.
- Talk to your doctor about using products such as witch hazel to soothe hemorrhoids.
During pregnancy, you might have:
About 20 percent of pregnant women feel itchy during pregnancy. Usually women feel itchy in the abdomen. But red, itchy palms and soles of the feet are also common complaints. Pregnancy hormones and stretching skin are probably to blame for most of your discomfort. Usually the itchy feeling goes away after delivery.
What might help:
- Use gentle soaps and moisturizing creams.
- Avoid hot showers and baths.
- Avoid itchy fabrics.
Call the doctor if:
Symptoms don't improve after a week of self-care.
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