By Dr. Angela Potter
When you have a new baby the last thing you want to think about is uncomfortable bowel movements! Am I right, mamas?!
Hemorrhoids are really common during the postpartum time, especially if you had a vaginal birth. Why? Because as you're pushing your baby out, all that pressure on your nether region also pushes other things out, like hemorrhoids!
Here are 3 simple things to help you have simple and straight forward bathroom trips
1. Take magnesium
Magnesium acts as a gentle laxative to help keep you regular and your bowel movements soft. Making sure to avoid constipation is key in reducing pain and keeping those hemorrhoids away.
2. Use a mama bottom balm
Look for balms that have herbs like calendula, witch hazel, horse chestnut, and aloe vera in them. Apply about a teaspoon-size amount after your showers. These herbs are very soothing to the tissue, helping reduce irritation and inflammation.
3. Eat vibrant-colored fruits
Did you know that hemorrhoids are actually swollen veins? So anything that helps the integrity of your blood vessels will help improve the hemorrhoids.
Bioflavonoids are compounds found in fruits which do just that! Choose fruits that are dark and vibrantly colored like blueberries, blackberries and cherries.