During pregnancy, you may get hemorrhoids, even if you haven't before. Hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels around the area of the anus or inside the anus. They can itch, bleed and be painful. Hemorrhoids are caused by increased blood flow in the pelvis and the increased weight and size of the uterus, which congests or blocks blood flow.
If you have hemorrhoids, eat adequate amounts of fiber, and drink lots of fluid. Sitz baths help, and suppository medications, available without a prescription, can provide relief. You may need to use stool softeners. Apply ice packs or cotton balls soaked in witch hazel to the affected area. Discuss the situation with your doctor if hemorrhoids become a major problem for you.