Have you experienced having boils or hemorrhoids when you were pregnant? Read Mommy Kneeza’s story about how she successfully treated these during her first pregnancy.
What can you read in this article?
What does it mean to have subchorionic hemorrhage on the first trimester?
Boils or pigsa during pregnancy
Hemorrhoids during the third trimester
“You never understand life until it grows inside of you.”
This was how I felt throughout my pregnancy. It’s because I experienced my fair share of unpleasant symptoms in every trimester.
The first blow during the first trimester
I was 5 weeks pregnant when I was told by my OB-GYN that I had a subchorionic hemorrhage.
What is a subchorionic hemorrhage? According to Medical News Today, it refers to a collection of blood that can develop between the gestational membranes, such as the placenta, and the uterus during pregnancy. This blood can lead to vaginal bleeding during pregnancy.
This was the time that my OB-GYN advised me to take a leave from work and rest for 14 days. This condition lasted until my 12th week.
Other than that, I also experienced other pregnancy symptoms such as tender swollen breasts, stomach cramps, and loss of appetite.
I went through all of this until the start of the second trimester.
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Boils during pregnancy
Just when I thought I could finally enjoy this phase of pregnancy, I got boils on my 16th week.
Yes! I had boils, or commonly known as “pigsa” on my left underarm. It’s very difficult to have boils, especially in the armpit area.
Since I’m an active parent in our TAP community, I posted about my situation and asked for advice from other moms on what to do. I also did my own research to find other remedies for my boils.
Based on my research and personal experience, here are the steps to get rid of boils during pregnancy:
1. Use heat to cure your boil. Putting heat to the boil will speed up blood circulation and will help the body’s immune system to function. This fresh blood will bring white blood cells and antibodies to the area of infection and destroy it.
2. You can also use a bottle filled with hot water to warm the part of your body that has a boil. Just apply it to the affected area of your skin for 10 to 20 minutes every two hours.
3. You can also use a bimpo soaked in hot water. Like a bottle with hot water, it will help to dissolve the hardened pus in your boil and it will send enough nutrients and oxygen to the white blood cells in the area of infection.
4. After using a hot compress, soak the boil in warm water. This will help the pus to come out and it will reduce the pain around the area. The boil can be crushed when it has already formed in the eye if it is soaked several times.
5. Always remember not to try to press or operate on your boil while it is still small and hard. Most boils incubate spontaneously after being heated with a washcloth or bottle. When you force the boil to hatch, it can cause chronic infection, inflammation, and scar tanning.
6. If pus starts to come out of your boil, it will help if you wash it with soap that has anti-bacterial properties. Wash the affected part of the body until all the pus is removed.
It can also be cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Then, apply an ointment with antibiotic properties and cover it with a bandage. Continue to wash the affected skin two or three times per day and use a compress until it is completely healed.
Dealing with hemorrhoids on the third trimester
On my third trimester of pregnancy, I felt some itching and irritation in my anal region. At first I thought there was just something in my ass, so I ignored it. But as time went on, I became more and more uncomfortable.
I felt a lot of discomfort down there and some swelling too. So I decided to go have it checked, and guess what? I have hemorrhoids.
I just told myself I guess experiencing all these symptoms come with the pregnancy.
I had gotten used to having hemorrhoids, but of course, there are ways to prevent them during pregnancy.
Here are some things to remember:
1. Avoid long periods of sitting. Sitting too long, particularly on the toilet, can increase the pressure on the veins in the anus.
2. Avoid long periods of standing also especially when you are pregnant, it can also increase the pressure on the veins in the anus since you are carrying a child.
3. Eat foods that are high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
There you go mommies. I had these unwanted symptoms but got over it and had a successful pregnancy.
So don’t worry if you experience boils and hemorrhoids during your pregnancy because it is normal and only part of your journey to becoming a mom.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kneeza Mosqueda is a 26-year old single mom to a one-year-old boy. She’s a proud TAP VIP mom and loves creating content for moms in her free time.