How to ease piles
Constipation can cause piles. If this is the case, try to keep your stools soft and regular by eating plenty of food that's high in fibre.
- wholemeal bread
Drinking plenty of water can help, too.
Find out more about healthy eating in pregnancy.
Other things you can try include:
- avoid standing for long periods
- take regular exercise to improve your circulation
- use a cloth wrung out in iced water to ease the pain – hold it gently against the piles
- if the piles stick out, push them gently back inside using a lubricating jelly
- avoid straining to pass a stool, as this may make your piles worse
- after passing a stool, clean your anus with moist toilet paper instead of dry toilet paper
- pat, rather than rub, the area
There are medicines that can help soothe the inflammation around your anus. These treat the symptoms, but not the cause, of piles.
Ask your doctor, midwife or pharmacist if they can suggest a suitable ointment to help ease the pain. Don't use a cream or medicine without checking with them first.