You can help prevent hemorrhoids or minimize flare-ups by making simple lifestyle changes:
1. Gently cleanse
Use PREPARATION H Medicated Wipes for Women following childbirth to gently cleanse and soothe the irritated area.
2. Drink water
Drinking plenty of water a day can help reduce the risk of constipation and keep bowel movements soft and easy to pass (reducing your risk of hemorrhoid flare-ups).
3. Eat a balanced, high-fiber diet
With your healthcare provider's approval, follow a balanced diet, rich in fiber to help prevent constipation.
4. Get some exercise
A little physical activity can aid in digestion and tone the supporting muscles of the anal and rectal area as well as the abdomen. With your healthcare provider's approval, walk or do other non-strenuous activities.
5. Do Kegel exercises
Kegel exercises help strengthen the pelvic floor plus anal and rectal muscles after childbirth. This can aid in digestion and prevent constipation. To do a Kegel exercise, tighten your vaginal muscles (as you would if you needed to stop urinating midstream), hold it for a few seconds, release and repeat several times. It's a discreet exercise you can do almost anywhere.