Burning love: Navigating heartburn in pregnancy:
Are you feeling the burn, mama-to-be? Is it keeping you up at night?
Heartburn during pregnancy is a common discomfort, but it doesn’t have to dampen your excitement for your growing bundle of joy. Around 17-45% of pregnant women will experience some degree of it.
Let’s have a look at what causes it, how to manage it and some fun tips and tricks for finding relief. So, grab a glass of cold water and let’s get started on beating the burn!
The causes of heartburn in pregnancy
So, what causes this fiery sensation in your chest? Well, blame it on your hormones, mama-to-be! During pregnancy, your body produces more of the hormone progesterone, which can cause the muscles in your digestive tract to relax. This can lead to stomach acid flowing back up into your esophagus.
On top of that, as your baby grows, they can start pushing on your stomach and causing even more chaos. It’s like a game of dominoes in there!
But fear not, there are ways to fight back against heartburn in pregnancy.
Fight the burn and find relief
From avoiding trigger foods to practicing stress-reduction techniques, you can find relief and get back to enjoying your magical pregnancy journey. Just remember, it’s all worth it in the end!
1. Avoid eating within a few hours of bedtime
2. Reduce caffeine intake
3. Avoid eating spicy, fatty or acidic foods
4. Avoid big meals – go for smaller & more frequent bites instead
5. Avoid alcohol & nicotine
6. Reduce carbonated beverages
1. Prop yourself up with an extra pillow to elevate your head. This can help reduce heartburn by allowing gravity to keep stomach acid in the stomach.
2. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
3. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tight clothing can put pressure on your abdomen and worsen heartburn.
4. Relax & practice stress-reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga.
5. Left is best: Sleeping on your left side can help reduce pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to a more comfortable and restful night’s sleep. Hang in there, mama, and don’t give up hope.
If heartburn becomes severe or persistent, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider for further advice and treatment options.
Find more information about heartburn here.
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