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Can I Get Hemorrhoids in the First Trimester of Pregnancy?

Although it is more common for women to develop hemorrhoids later in pregnancy, it is certainly possible for them to occur in the first trimester, notes OB/GYN Wendy Askew, with the Institute for Women’s Health in San Antonio, Texas.

The hormonal changes of pregnancy can result in constipation, one of the main causes of hemorrhoids, even very early during a pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the baby’s growth increases pressure in the pelvis, which further exacerbates the stretching and dilation of the anal veins, Askew states. “Combine the increased pressure from the growing baby with the constipation due to hormonal changes, and it becomes very clear why pregnant women are at risk for developing hemorrhoids, even in the first trimester,” she says.

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