This is a discussion on EDD Oct 2013 within the Year 2013 Mummy forum, part of the Mummy Meeting Place category; Miracle77 Im sure it will get well The reason why i suspect i was preggy was that i was scratching ...
Miracle77 Im sure it will get well The reason why i suspect i was preggy was that i was scratching my legs till there is a big patch of scar now, but for me sometimes i will get these kind of rashes and they will fade, just that this time rounds the itch lasts longer. Calamine lotion has always been my best friend, I have a friend in TW who i mailed her a bottle and she says it works
have you all started on stretch mark cream? my tummy is getting bigger but is not very big till obvious . feel like start early on the moisturiser..
any brand to reccomand?
just found some useful info for financial Planning for 1st time Parents
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hmm my rashes are on my thighs and i put johnsons powder but i scratch them in my sleep... skin is rough and scarred now...shall try calamine too!
may I know how long does Thomson Medical Center get back to you on the Oscar scan result? I just had my scan last Saturday,till today still have not't heard from them...
My clinic called me the next day after my oscar scan.Originally Posted by Luvthemoment:772824
Mummies here, do you all have constipation problem? I used to poo like once every 4-5 days before on.pregnant, now the frequency is still the same but I had really hard poo which I've never experienced before.
Extract from babycentre.co.uk
What are piles?
Piles (haemorrhoids) happen when the pad-like blood vessels in the short tube that connects your back passage (rectum) with your anus become swollen.
These swollen vessels may hang down during or after you've done a poo. You may be able to feel them as small, soft lumps just inside or around the edge of your bottom, and they may be painful.
Other symptoms of piles are:
- Bright red blood after you've been to the loo, which you may see when you wipe your bottom.
- Soreness and inflammation around your anus, which can make going to the loo uncomfortable.
- Mucus discharge after the poo.
- Feeling like your bowels still need emptying after you've had a poo.
- Itching around your bottom. (NHS Choices 2011)
Why do pregnant women get piles?
When you're pregnant, the volume of blood circulating round your body increases. At the same time, high levels of the hormone progesterone relax the walls of your blood vessels.
The veins below your uterus (womb) are more likely to become swollen and stretched as the weight of your growing baby puts pressure on them. This is why you're more prone to piles and varicose veins when you're pregnant. Constipation, another pregnancy bugbear, can also cause piles.
How common are piles?
Piles are very common in pregnancy (NCCWCH 2008), whether you had them before you were pregnant, or if pregnancy is your first experience of them. Piles probably affect about one in 10 women in their third trimester (Abramowitz and Batallan 2003).
You may also develop piles during labour, during the stage when you push out your baby. Or they may be a result of constipation in the weeks after giving birth, when your body is shedding the extra fluid needed during pregnancy, and is making breastmilk for your baby.
About one in four mums has piles in the weeks after giving birth, but it's usually a minor, rather than a major, problem (Schytt et al 2005). After your baby's birth, the piles may:
- disappear on their own
- remain a minor problem a year on (one in seven women)
- be a major problem (one in 40 women) (Schytt et al 2005)
Though piles are the most common cause of bleeding, any bleeding from your bottom should be checked by your doctor.
Can I avoid getting piles?
Yes. Though piles are common in pregnancy, and are very common after childbirth, they're not inevitable. Your best tactic is to make sure that you dont't become constipated, so that when you do a poo, it's quick and easy.
The following tips will help you to avoid piles, as well as ease the symptoms if you have piles:
- Eat a high-fibre diet, including wholemeal bread, cereal, wholewheat pasta and brown rice, and plenty of fruit and vegetables (PRODIGY 2008).
- Drink between six and eight glasses of water every day, and avoid caffeine, so you dont't become dehydrated (PRODIGY 2008).
- Try to exercise regularly, even if it's just a short, brisk walk (NHS Choices 2011).
- Go to the loo straight away when you feel the urge, as waiting can make your poo harder and drier.
- Try not to strain while on the loo (PRODIGY 2008). If the poo isn't coming easily, take your time, or try again later after you've had a drink of water, some fibre, or had some exercise.
- Try putting your feet up on a stool when doing a poo. It may make opening your bowels easier (Sikirov 2003).
- You could apply pressure with your fingers to the muscular area between your vagina and back passage (perineum) while having a poo. This stimulates a reflex that increases muscle tone in your rectum, and may make having a poo easier (Gosselink and Schouten 2002, Shafik et al 2003).
- Do pelvic floor exercises daily. This may make having a poo easier, and prevent piles from developing by increasing the circulation around your bottom, and strengthening the muscles in your vagina, perineum and rectum. It will also help you to give birth and speed up your recovery afterwards.
If you still have constipation after trying these tips, you could ask your GP or midwife to prescribe a laxative that is safe to take during pregnancy (NHS Choices 2012, PRODIGY 2008).
You may find our tips for preventing varicose veins useful, too.
How can I treat piles?
As well as trying the tips above, you'll probably need to try other treatments:
- Use a cold compress, such as a cloth wrung out from iced water, to relieve the pain around your bottom.
- Gently and thoroughly clean the affected area after you've done a poo. Wiping with moist toilet wipes can be more comfortable than using toilet tissue. Pat rather than rub yourself dry.
- Try pushing the piles gently back into your rectum with a clean finger when you are having a bath or shower. (NHS Choices 2011, PRODIGY 2008)
After your baby is born, wash your bottom using a bidet, or put a clean washing-up bowl of warm water on a chair. Wash the area and pat it dry carefully. When you've healed enough to wipe, use unscented, white toilet tissue, so it doesn't irritate your skin.
If sitting down is really painful, you could try using an inflatable valley cushion, which you can hire though the National Childbirth Trust. Contact your local NCT branch to find your nearest valley cushion agent.
You can also ask your midwife or GP to prescribe gentle ointments, or suppositories, to soothe your bottom. If you're buying these over the counter, check with the pharmacist that they are safe to use in pregnancy.
If creams and suppositories dont't help, severe cases can be treated with:
- Banding, where a type of rubber band is placed around the base of the haemorrhoid. This cuts off the circulation to it, making it shrivel and drop off.
- Injection with chemicals that cause the haemorrhoid to shrink and drop off.
- Infrared light (PRODIGY 2008, NHS Choices 2012)
Be reassured that, in most cases, piles disappear or shrink as your body recovers after your baby's birth (PRODIGY 2008).
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Yup i have hard poo too! But i guess its normal due to being constipated prone.
Does any of you have extreme fatigue or restless leg? Both of these has caused me to lose my sleep at nite and i feel so tired i cant work or go out...all i wanna do is lie on bed to feel ease..sob
I do have constipation too, have been drinking orange juice daily now and it helps, also help with my nausea. Try to drink more water to soften the stool, and also eat more veg and fruits.
Just had insomnia yesterday due to stuffy nose...... I discover that taking milk will help me to bed, yea every morning getting out of bed is a chore, dont feel like going to work, but no choice.
Yes please try calamine lotion, doc will give it to you if you go GP, its more long lasting then powder, apply a thick layer, it protects your skin from rubbing against your clothes.
Jun83 ooh no i scratch my tummy many times cos its so itchy O.o
Prune juice is the best for constipation, but not too much might cause loose bowel.
OMG too late i was still scratching it yesterday nite cos it feel so shiok haha. I bought vicks vapour rub to apply tonight, hope will be better, if not I cant breath when laying down, they say pop your head up and you can breath better, does not seems to help.
Eating prunes now on and off, used to like sweet things but now its so sweet that its causing my mouth to go numb ...........
Thanks june83 for the info! Seems like I have lotsa questions to ask on my gynae appt next week. I also want to ask him if I can yakult too, perhaps it can help a bit in my constipation
Did you do the test at the gynae's clinic or you had to do an additional appointment? It is not a compulsory test it seems. Mums below 30 may choose not to do it since the risk is naturally low or are there other factors involved?
The result is mainly a ratio to see if there is any risk for the baby to have down syndrome right? No other findings?
I too suffer from constipation. If deem necessary by yur gynae, he or she can prescribe stool softener. It tastes just like concentrated honey.
Or not prune juice as suggested. But personally I dont quite like e taste of prune.
you can try pear juice. Just sieve e pear for the juice or take the fruit. It works wonders for me n my girl. I read online that helps to relieve constipation.
Give it a try k
My wife is currently expecting and EDD is in late Oct 2013.
Currently she is about 10 weeks. She's seeing a gynae @ Thomson Medical Center.
So far we visited him twice on my sister's recommendation.
Was told yesterday that Normal Delivery and 2 Bedder @ Thomson Medical Center will cost me about $3k in cash (After medisave)
Is it true?
Constipation is one of the pregnancy symptom but it's good to poo daily because you wouldn't want to develop piles/haemorrhoids. I used to be like you, only poo for every 3-4 days until I saw how suffer it's when my husband undergo the operations. Ever since, I have tried to improve my diet, 'cos I scare of pain.... I find cereal and multi grain helps.
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