By the time you reach your due date, you will probably understand how pregnancy becomes an unforgettable journey and an experience of its own kind. It is magical but there are complicated pregnancies too. The period after delivery is called the postpartum. The issues during pregnancy are different from postpartum issues. Like pregnancy, even postpartum period could be painful for some, and for few lucky ones – it will be a breeze through the journey. Postpartum issues like vaginal tears, sore breasts, sore perineum, hemorrhoids, etc… can be very painful.
Postpartum Rectal Bleeding
One of the most common problems faced by women is postpartum rectal bleeding. Bleeding through anus which causes pain and discomfort is rectal bleeding. It occurs mainly due to the pressure on the rectum during labor or the rupture in anal muscles and tissues which cause constipation that leads to hemorrhoids. They are common during the last trimester and the first few weeks after delivery. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes in your daily routine can prevent rectal bleeding.
- Do not suppress nature’s call. When you feel the urge to relieve or clear your bowel, it is always good to do it immediately. Suppressing it could lead to problems.
- Have fiber-rich food, include vegetables and fruits in your daily food intake. Adding bran and cereals to your diet is a good way to be healthy. You can also have supplements when the fiber-rich food is not sufficient.
- Drink a lot of water. Increase the fluid intake by having juices, smoothies, or shakes. Keeping yourself hydrated is very essential.
- Avoid constipation. It can worsen the problem. It is essential to have food which will not cause constipation.
- Do exercises which improve digestion and your bowel movements. Always consult your doctor before you begin any exercise routine.
8 Ways To Cure Rectal Bleeding
1. Take Sitz Bath
Soaking your anal region few times every day cleanses the perineum – space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum. Sitz bath helps soothe the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.
2. Practice Kegel Exercises
Practicing Kegel exercise helps in healing faster and keeps you away from agony and distress. It strengthens and tones the muscles around vaginal area and urethra.
3. Ice Packs
Use ice packs to provide relief by temporarily numbing the vaginal area. The swollen veins in the rectum region will shrink when you use cold packs.
4. Keep The Rectal Area Clean
It is very important to keep the skin around hemorrhoids clean and dry. Use wet, unscented tissues to clean. Scented tissues can cause further harm by irritating the skin. Keep the area moisturized to avoid itching.
5. Reduce Rectal Pressure
Factors causing rectal pressures such as constipation, obesity, lifting heavy objects, sitting for too long, strained bowel movement should be avoided. Reduce any rectal pressure causing activities to stop aggravating the existing hemorrhoids.
6. Use Medicinal Creams
An over the counter hemorrhoid cream could do the work. Ointments, suppository, or a spray could help reduce the pain and uneasiness. But before you use any medicinal creams or sprays consult the doctor.
7. Use Witch hazel
Witch hazel is commonly used to treat hemorrhoids. It has antiseptic properties which ease the pain, itching, and irritation. The astringent property from the herb helps shrink hemorrhoid and gives relief from bleeding. You can consider swapping bathroom tissues with hazel wipes. It gives instant relief
8. Take Painkillers
If any of the above does not give you any relief, please discuss with your doctor and take painkillers. Although taking painkillers are not recommended, it keeps the pain away for some time. It is normal to experience rectal bleeding after delivery, so taking medicines will make the healing process work faster.