Preventing Pregnancy Heartburn
Acid reflux or heartburn, is a digestive condition where the stomach acid causes irritation to the esophagus, after rising from the stomach. The result is feeling a burning sensation starting from the diaphragm.
Usually, heartburn is accompanied by a sour or bitter taste, which is primarily some of the stomach acid you regurgitated that has made its way to your mouth.
To make things worse, women who are pregnant are more susceptible to these forms of acid reflux. It can really be frustrating experiencing this condition especially when the weather is hot or warm.
If you are pregnant, you have to be prepared to experience heartburn as this will be quite common. Now, you need to keep in mind that although this condition can be painful and extremely uncomfortable for you to experience, it is a condition that will not harm the baby growing inside your tummy!
But, it is still uncomfortable and you want to control or manage it, or at least decrease its frequency. Here are some ways you can prevent or certainly manage heartburn during pregnancy.
Firstly, you must realize that heartburn is caused by a backflow of stomach acid in to the esophagus. This happens because the muscles in your stomach relax due to the hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy. The best thing that you can do is to avoid eating large meals. Instead of eating 3 large meals a day, try to eat 5 or 6 smaller meals daily. This will help to decrease the production of stomach acid. Also, try eating your food slowly as this will be able to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn from acid reflux.
Secondly, you need to avoid certain foods. If you love spicy food, such as Mexican food, then you may want to cut back on this type of food while you are pregnant. Spicy food can make your stomach to produce more acid, which will increase the likelihood of you experiencing heartburn. Fried and fatty foods should also be avoided as this type of food is hard to digest, which will force your stomach to produce more stomach acid.
You also need to drink plenty of water during the day. However, avoid drinking too much while eating. The excess fluids will result in increased acid reflux, which will lead to heartburn. Also, avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages as these drinks are known to increase acid production and relax the LES or lower esophageal sphincter.
If you experience heartburn while sleeping, try to elevate your head and upper body slightly. This way, you will let gravity do its job by keeping stomach acid inside the stomach.
If you want to take antacids, go for liquid antacids instead of tablets. But, you should always consult your doctor before taking any type of medications. This way, you will know if the medicine you are taking is safe for the baby.
Remember these simple tips and you can be sure that you will be able to control heartburn during pregnancy and in the future. Always consult your doctor before you take any form of medication, even if it is an over the counter product. I also highly recommend the “Heartburn No More” program if you wish to prevent your reflux problems recurring.