Most of the pregnant women experience heartburn during second and third trimester of pregnancy. Pressure exerted by the baby on the stomach repels the stomach acid and food from the stomach. Acid reflux causes burning sensation in the chest and throat. Changes in progesterone hormone during pregnancy are yet another reason for heartburn. This article gives you simple tips and suggestions to combat against heartburn during pregnancy.
Tips To Tackle Heartburn During Pregnancy
Keep more than one pillow or a bulky pillow below your head so that, your upper body is higher than rest of your body. Try sleeping with your shoulders and head propped up to avoid acid reflux to oesophagus. Sleep at least two hours later, after taking a meal. Lying on the left side eases the acid flow from the stomach to the intestines and reduces acid reflux.
In addition to that it increases the quantity of nutrients and blood that arrives through placenta and transfer to the baby. Turn sideways towards left, bend your legs and insert a pillow between both the legs for better support. These mechanisms help you to get a sound and undisturbed sleep, which is very essential for the growth of your baby.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Though it appears to be counter intuitive, heart burn is an indication of dehydration. Drink at least eight glasses of water. Avoid taking water during meal and before / after meal. Drink at regular intervals. Too much of drinking in one shot puts additional pressure on lower oesophagus and causes heartburn.
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Quit smoking and do not drink alcohol. Opt for milk.Beverages like tea, coffee and colas allow more acid to escape into the lower oesophagus. Do simple workouts or yoga as per the instructions of your physiotherapist. Do not gain too much of weight and become obese, since it increases pressure on your stomach and aggravates heartburn.
Avoid skin tight clothes and tight waist bands that put more pressure on your abdomen causing heartburn. Wear loose cotton clothes during pregnancy period.
After your meal, try taking chewing gum with any of your favourite flavours. It promotes saliva flow and reduces the level of acid in oesophagus and prevents Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The bicarbonate in chewing gum neutralises the acid and prevents heart burn.
Eating one or two spoons of yoghurt after the meal can give relief from heartburn. Probiotics, which is a live micro organism found in yogurt neutralizes the acid found in oesophagus. The problem creating bacteria in the intestine is killed by the bacteria found in yogurt.
Watch What You Eat
Avoid foods that trigger heartburn like citrus fruits, tomato, vinegar, mint, mustard. Spicy, fried and fatty foods requires lot of acid to stay in stomach for breaking the molecules found in the diet. Papaya or ginger can be taken to ease digestion and put off heartburn.
If none of the above tips work out, with physician’s advice you can use antacids like Magnesium Trisilicate and Aluminium hydroxide Gel. These treatments are prescribed by doctors as they are scientifically proved to cure heartburn. However, this treatment is recommended for pregnant women only after first trimester due to its mild risk of birth defects.
If fruitful results are not obtained even after trying these tips, please consult your physician.
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