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Haemorrhoids (Piles)
Many women are troubled by haemorrhoids (or piles). This is often worse in the later stages of pregnancy, and during actual labour. These are an extension of the varicose vein problem, and are actually distended veins in the lower part of the bowel. In some women they are very prominent and quite uncomfortable.
Eliminating constipation can often assist in a remarkable manner. Having unprocessed bran, ideally with muesli, for breakfast each day is good and effective therapy. Often, through the application of simple creams such as lanoline, a soothing result can be obtained. Sometimes clothing rubbing against the piles (which may prolapse) can be very uncomfortable, and local applications can reduce this. Sometimes the insertion of suppositories can assist in shrinking them.
But piles are essentially a mechanical problem, and nearly always they rectify themselves automatically when the confinement is over.

Excessive urination
In early pregnancy, the kidneys tend to produce more fluid than usual. This results in the desire to urinate far more often than normal. Indeed, so common is this symptom that it is often regarded as one of the early tell-tale symptoms of pregnancy.
Toward the end of the term, as the foetal head presses on the bladder, frequency is again quite common. This time it is a mechanical cause.
Both types of frequency are non-serious. They do not indicate disease and, apart from the transient nuisance factor, should be ignored.
Women are more prone to urinary-tract infections during pregnancy. This is often accompanied by the passage of unpleasant-smelling urine, aches and pains and possibly an elevated temperature. The fluid may contain blood, or be cloudy. The desire to pass the urine often occurs, and it is often accompanied by a burning sensation, and the desire to micturate again soon after. There is a lack of comfort, even though the bladder has been emptied.
It is important that urinary-tract infections be dealt with adequately, and medication may be necessary. Often a fever and pains over the bladder or in the back may accompany the other symptoms.
Tests may be carried out by the doctor to determine if infections are present. They will also indicate to him the best form of therapy for your particular infection.

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