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Why does pregnancy increase my chances of getting hemorrhoids?

If you're pregnant, you're more likely to develop hemorrhoids. This happens because your fetus can put pressure on your abdomen. This extra abdominal pressure, in addition to hormonal changes, can lead to pressure building up in the veins of your rectum and anus. The veins start to swell, and hemorrhoids form.

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