Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum. Pelvic pressure during pregnancy, pressure on the rectum during labor, and constipation following delivery will aggravate hemorrhoids. The discomfort of hemorrhoids should gradually subside after the first week postpartum. The following measures may be beneficial:

  1. Take sitz baths for 15-20 minutes, three to four times per day.
  2. Use rectal suppositories (Anusol) or stool softeners (Colace).
  3. Avoid straining at bowel movements.
  4. Increase fiber intake.
  5. Drink six to eight glasses of fluid per day. (The increased fiber and fluids will help avoid constipation.)