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Why am I more likely to get hemorrhoids while pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Pressure

The growing uterus exerts a lot of pressure on the blood vessels to the legs.
This cause them to puff up and swell, leading to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

In brief: Pressure

The growing uterus exerts a lot of pressure on the blood vessels to the legs.
This cause them to puff up and swell, leading to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Here are 4 reasons

1. The developing fetus causes an increase in pressure on the abdominal and pelvic veins, which in turn is transmitted to the hemorrhoids.
2. Constipation is common during pregnancy, which aggravates hemorrhoids. 3. Hemorrhoids often have estrogen receptors, and the increased estrogen levels during pregnancy causes the tissue to enlarge and become easily inflamed. 4. Straining during delivery.

In brief: Here are 4 reasons

1. The developing fetus causes an increase in pressure on the abdominal and pelvic veins, which in turn is transmitted to the hemorrhoids.
2. Constipation is common during pregnancy, which aggravates hemorrhoids. 3. Hemorrhoids often have estrogen receptors, and the increased estrogen levels during pregnancy causes the tissue to enlarge and become easily inflamed. 4. Straining during delivery.
Dr. David Gutman
Dr. David Gutman
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
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