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02 March 2015

Volume 23 | Issue 3

ISSN (Print): 0969-4900

ISSN (Online): 2052-4307

Constipation and haemorrhoids: A midwifery perspective for the childbearing continuum

Constipation and haemorrhoids are common disorders and women who have previously experienced these issues are at risk of recurrence during pregnancy and the puerperium; however, they may develop for the first time due to hormonal changes in this period Constipation in the general population is reported to be around 27% (Tack, 2011) with an antenatal incidence between 11–38% (Jewell and Young, 2012) Postnatal rates are higher still, with reported incidences of 24–41

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