Rectal bleeding is one of the agonizing issues many new moms end up facing shortly after childbirth. This happens when the veins in and around the anus and rectum get enlarged, either due to constipation or pushing during labor.
If you are a new mom suffering from rectal bleeding, here are a few ways to manage your condition and soothe those anal fissures and ruptures that cause pain and irritation:
Cold Pack + Warm Sitz Bath
Apply an ice pack for about 15 minutes and then have a warm sitz bath. Cold packs have the power to shrink the swollen veins in your rectum, thereby numbing your nerves and reducing your pain temporarily. For the sitz bath you can use a portable small basin filled up with some warm water. Sitting in this tub for about 15 to 20 minutes will help you soothe the discomfort and pain caused by hemorrhoids.
Strengthening and toning the vaginal and urethral muscles is very important for postpartum recovery and nothing can do it better than a Kegel exercise. Practicing Kegel exercise is also one of the best ways to keep away the agony and distress caused by hemorrhoids.
Always use a soft cushion or pillow when you sit. This will reduce the pressure on your rectum. You may want to choose a recliner or a rocking chair instead of a straight seat.
Use a stool softener
Your doctor may prescribe you a stool softener to help you pass stools effortlessly. This will heal those fissures and ruptures faster.
Keep away from rectal-pressure-generating activities
Until you recover completely from your postpartum rectal bleeding it is important that you avoid lifting heavy objects, stop sitting on the toilet for long periods, and prevent straining yourself to have a bowel movement. Such activities can increase rectal bleeding by putting pressure on your rectum.
Use hemorrhoid creams
Using ointments, sprays, suppositories or any other over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams can help in reducing the uneasiness and itching for temporary periods of time. Always take medical advice before applying anything to your rectal area, especially if you have had a tear or an episiotomy.
Try witch hazel
One natural way to control postpartum rectal bleeding is to apply witch hazel. Known for its antiseptic properties this is one herb that is very effective in treating hemorrhoids. Also an astringent, witch hazel can help ease your pain, irritation and itching that is caused by hemorrhoids. It stops the bleeding by shrinking the hemorrhoids.
Keep your rectal area clean and dry
You can use unscented white tissues or hazel wipes to wipe your rectal area after every bowel movement. For instant relief from hemorrhoids, soak a cotton ball in witch hazel solution and apply directly on the rectal area.
Constipation is the main culprit behind rectal bleeding and therefore must be controlled at all times. Enrich your diet with some high-fiber food items such as bran and fiber-rich cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
If you fail to find relief from rectal bleeding you may want to consult your doctor to prescribe you some oral painkillers. These can provide some instant relief and speed up the healing process.
Rectal bleeding after delivery is quite common. After a while it might go away on its own. If it persists for longer don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.