Among the several complaints that you will make during your pregnancy, heartburn - a burning sensation from stomach acid leaking up into your oesophagus, is one of the most common pregnancy complaints that most pregnant women make.
The hormone progesterone relaxes your muscles in pregnancy. It also relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus. In addition, the growing baby in the uterus crowds the stomach, forcing acid into the esophagus. All of which, eventually can lead to heartburn.
Well, here are some tips that will relieve you of heartburn:
Eat every 2 hours: small meals eaten frequently are not only easier for the body to digest but also keep the stomach acids down.
Avoid eating foods which cause heartburns: Certain foods like spicy, greasy, sour, citrusy as well as chocolates and caffeine can trigger heartburns.
Consume liquids: Drink sufficient water and other liquids like soups, coconut water, smoothies, juices, buttermilk. These help keep heartburn at bay.
Sleep: Do not lie down immediately after meals. Eat your meals at least three hours before your bedtime. This will help in digestion and avoid heartburns.
Avoid consuming antacids: check with your doctor for a suitable antacid as per your condition.
Go for a short walk after meals: this will help you digest your meal properly and avoid heartburns.
Sleep with your head elevated with pillows: This will not allow the stomach acids to travel into your esophagus.
Wear loose fitting clothes: avoid any tightness around your waist.
Avoid bending your waist: bend from your knees while picking up object or sitting down.
Following are some natural remedies for heartburn relief during pregnancy:
If acid reflux occurs more than twice a week, or if you have no relief even after taking over-the-counter medications for more than two weeks, you may have a condition that requires specific lifestyle changes and medication – do talk to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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