Pleasant mornings kickstart the day on a positive note. Well…..my mornings in pregnancy were not that easy though. That uncomfortable burning sensation that constantly creeps into the stomach, esophagus and mouth, was too much to handle. Acid reflux and heartburn are common problems in pregnancy occurring due to the rise in progesterone levels. Suzanne Trupin, M.D., CEO of Women’s Health Practice of Champaign, explains that stomach acids start flowing upwards when the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) starts leaking and fails to perform its function optimally. It is however, possible to manage these little woes using simple home remedies that ease this heartburn and provide relief. As the baby grows and pushes upward, we need to make small lifestyle and dietary changes to keep the acids of the stomach in place. Here are six tips that relief the discomfort in pregnancy:
1.Eat in moderation The hormones start playing their role in pregnancy and as the baby grows, we feel hungry all the time.Instead of binging on a large portion all at once, take smaller meals more often. Since there is lesser room in the stomach, eating too much all at once will push all the acids up the food pipe. You can take six small meals instead of the three meals in a day. This mechanism will aid in the better digestion of food and combat digestive problems. Sipping fluids throughout the day will soothe stomach acids.
2. Identify and eliminate trigger foods Do you feel like throwing up after eating citrus fruits? You are not alone as this problem is faced by hundreds of expectant moms. Avoid foods that trigger the acid reflux. Citrus fruits, coffee, tea, beverages, oily foods, tomatoes, chocolates and more. These all could be your heartburn culprits. Identify which foods do not suit you and banish them from your food regime.
3. Avoid heavy food during the night Nighttime heartburn could disturb the entire night’s sleep and leave you tired and lazy the next day. Avoid eating a full stomach at nighttime and eat at least three hours before bedtime. Keep your dinner light and abstain from greasy foods. Also, prop up your pillows while sleeping or sleep on your left side. Give the stomach acids a tough time traveling uphill, and trust me, they will be in place.
4. Be active Try and take a light walk after a meal. This will aid digestion and prevent acidity reflux. Do household chores which are not strenuous and try to stand and sit at regular intervals. Do not lie down often. A little bit of activity would work wonders for your digestive system. Read a book while sitting after a meal. This will curb your tendency to lie down and control the acids in your esophagus.
5. Swear by ginger Some women (not all) like to have ginger to help ease a disturbed tummy. This spice is known to bring relief to heartburn, nausea, and vomiting symptoms. Though ginger to safe in pregnancy, I would suggest, keep the consumption to moderate levels. Drink some ginger ale, add it your tea or keep some ginger candies handy, consume the spice as you like it!
6. Try chewing gum after meals to stimulate saliva. Saliva can neutralize the acids traveling up the stomach. This beautiful journey comes with its share of mild hurdles. Problems like heartburn and acidity can be easily tackled at home.