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A 37-year-old member asked:

does walking make hemorrhoids worse?

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Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 30 years experience
Not really: Walking does not cause "hemorrhoids", but if you do have hemorrhoid prolapse (or a variety of other anal problems) walking may worsen your symptoms. Treatment of the underlying problem should eliminate the problem with walking.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
No: Exercise such as walking helps to avoid constipation which by avoiding can prevent hemorrhoid flareups. For that matter prolonged sitting also does not directly cause hemorrhoids unless the sitting is on a toilet seat or an inflatable donut, both no no's.

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Do walkers and jumpers help my baby learn to walk?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: They absolutely do not. In fact, walkers are dangerous and associated with more accidental injuries. The best thing you can do to help your child learn to walk is to give him plenty of floor time, initially tummy time, then scooting/crawling time. This should be in a child-proofed area where you can let him roam free with sturdy furniture to pull up against.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I avoid hemorrhoids while pregnant?

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Dr. Megan Bird
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Keep stool soft: You can't always avoid hemorrhoids. But you can decrease the chance of developing them and limit their size by keeping your stool soft with lots of fluid and fiber. Also, don't strain with bowel movements.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I manage hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Fluids and fiber: First, keep your stool soft with lots of fluids and fiber. If needed a stool softener can be used (something like docusate). If needed, preparation h and tucks (witch hazel) pads can be used to shrink hemorrhoids and relieve the swelling.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Why am I more likely to get hemorrhoids while pregnant?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Vascular congestion: As the pregnancy grows there is increased resistance to flow for blood vessels in the lower extremities and pelvis. This can lead to vascular congestion not only in veins of the legs, but also in the venous plexus of the anus. Congestion in this venous plexus is manifested clinically as hemorrhoids.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will walking, exercising, or physical therapy cause my clots to break lose?

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Dr. Morgan Daul
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Possibly: Please see your physician regarding clotting. If you do in fact have clotting then you should be seen by your primary care physician for work up of a clotting disorder. If not, then your body will break down clots on its own time. Exercise does not necessarily speed up the process.

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