Haemorrhoids, varicose veins and constipation are all made worse during pregnancy. In the postnatal period, the levels of progesterone fall and these problems usually diminish. Eating a well-balanced diet with adequate fibre and lots of fluid will help lessen the discomfort of haemorrhoids and reduce the symptoms of constipation.

Creams such as Anusol or Scheriproct may be advised and helpful, although you will need a prescription to obtain Scheriproct. Washing thoroughly after bowel movements is important to prevent inflammation and soreness. If you suffer from varicose veins make sure you take plenty of rest with your legs elevated.

If you have been wearing support tights in pregnancy you should continue wearing these in the postnatal period, making sure to put them on before you get out of bed in the morning. Leg exercises encourage blood flow through the legs and should be performed regularly especially if you are not yet completely mobile.