If you are reading this then you have probably felt the fiery rage of heartburn while pregnant. It’s a bitch to say the least. And for some women it hits early and often throughout their entire pregnancy. The joys of motherhood strike before baby even arrives!
Pregnant women produce more progesterone which relaxes the muscles of the uterus. That all sounds great except it also relaxes the valve that keeps your food from seeping back up in to your esophagus. So I guess we’ll call it a scratch. Except you are left with the burning hell that is heartburn.
And as an added bonus, that growing baby needs room which means all your organs get the shift. Including your stomach. And when your stomach gets pushed up, the food inside it does as well. Your body does some amazing things as it grows a human, but there’s only so much room to fit them all in.
Prevention is key in keeping the fire from your belly from erupting in your throat. Here are some tips to help you through this phase of your pregnancy.
- Instead of three large meals a day opt for smaller meals throughout the day. This makes digestion easier and
- Sleep in a slightly elevated position. Gravity can do wonders for keeping your digestion where it should be.
- This may seem obvious, but avoid the foods that seem to trigger the heartburn. I know, as if you didn’t already have enough dietary restrictions. Some of the most common triggers are: carbonated drinks, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, foods that are fatty, spicy or fried, tomatoes, mustard, and vinegar.
- Don’t eat directly before going to bed. Give you body time to digest and settle and you may avoid revisiting your dinner for a second time.
- A more liquid diet may be your friend. I’m talking smoothies, soups, yogurts, puddings. And yes, milkshakes. Liquids digest faster, thus less risk for them returning to the scene of the crime.
If none of these tips help, you can always ask your doctor about medicines that are safe to take while pregnant. I should have purchased stock in TUMS during both of my pregnancies. I wished they sold them as a “bucket ‘O TUMS” because that would have been more cost effective.
There’s no reason to be miserable if there’s a solution out there that can help. Your partner will thank you for putting an end to one of the hundreds of valid complaints you have about being pregnant!
And as a new mom (or new again!) you’ll need some extra support along the way which is why I’ve created an amazing group of kick ass ladies for you to lean on! I’m bringing in expert speakers every month to talk about topic you care about (like heartburn!). Plus, this is a judgement-free zone where those who behave like asshats see the door fast.
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