ANAL ITCHING DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY
Analcare, with its natural ingredient formulation, is an ideal topical cream for helping with irritation and itching during pregnancy. It soothes the itching, cleanses and moisturises the anal area.
Anal Itching, otherwise known as Pruritus ani, is a familiar complaint in post natal and pregnant women. The irritation can be so insistent that resisting the urge to scratch may be difficult or impossible. Often anal itch can worsen at night, causing sufferers to lose sleep. This can understandingly become an extremely uncomfortable situation and many times mums suffering from rectal itching feel embarrassed to talk about it with their doctors or midwives. Frequently, Pruritus ani begins gradually but can becomes a self-perpetuating itch-scratch cycle.
Many pregnant women feel symptoms of itching due to the development of unwanted, but very common, haemorrhoids - swollen pouches formed underneath the mucous membranes inside or outside the rectum, bringing uncomfortable symptoms such as anal itching or Pruritus ani and soreness. Pregnancy makes you more prone to such conditions, which you may experience as intense anal itching on your bottom for a variety of reasons.
Your growing uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins and the inferior vena cava, a large vein on the right side of the body that receives blood from the lower limbs. This can slow the return of blood from the lower half of your body, which increases the pressure on the veins below your uterus and causes them to become more dilated or swollen.
Women with constipation during their pregnancy have a higher risk of haemorrhoids and Pruritus ani due to the straining during bowel movements, causing increased pressure on the rectal veins. This condition commonly develops in pregnant women in the third trimester but has been known to also appear at any time during pregnancy. It will often go away on its own after delivery.
In common with other products, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, you should discuss Analcare with your midwife or doctor before use.
Why is Analcare the ideal topical treatment for anal itching during pregnancy?
There are a number of suitable topical creams on the market, but Analcare was designed specifically with pregnant mums in mind. During pregnancy, it is important to take care not to use powerful chemicals on your body.
Natural is best and safest for both you and your baby. Unlike other creams, our formulation does not include any parabens or lidocaine, a powerful anaesthetic which just dulls the anal itching, but does not treat it.
So we made Analcare to have natural ingredients. Like witch hazel to calm the itch, calendula to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated tissue and sweet clover leaf to improve blood circulation to the area.
If you want to see all the wonderful natural ingredients that are in Analcare, go to our natural ingredients page by clicking here.
In addition to applying Analcare, what else can you do to prevent an itchy bottom during and after pregnancy?
You can be susceptible to haemorrhoids or Pruritus ani when pregnant or after the baby is born, but they're not inevitable. Here are some ways to help ward them off.
First and foremost, avoid constipation.
Eat a high-fibre diet (plenty of whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables), drink plenty of water (eight to ten glasses a day), and get regular exercise, even if you only have time for a short, brisk walk. If you're constipated, ask your midwife about using a fibre supplement or stool softener.
Don't wait when you have the urge to have a bowel movement.
Try not to strain when you're moving your bowels, and don't linger on the toilet, because it puts pressure on the area.
Avoid sitting or standing for long stretches of time.
If your job involves sitting, get up and move around for a few minutes every hour or so. At home, lie on your left side when sleeping, reading, or watching TV to take the pressure off your rectal veins and help increase blood return from the lower half of your body.
Each time you pass a stool and before going to bed.
It is advised that the anal area is carefully cleaned using plain water and then dried thoroughly. A bidet is excellent for this although sitting over the edge of the bath also makes washing much easier. When drying, be gentle, avoid vigorous rubbing as this could further irritate the area. After washing, it is also a good idea to apply Analcare to the area to moisturise and soothe.
NB: Due to its effective natural ingredients, Analcare may cause staining on some fabrics, especially light coloured underwear and bedding. We include a stain removal advice sheet with every tube and recommend that Analcare should not be allowed to come into contact with silk.