One of the most frequent companions of a pregnant woman is heartburn in early pregnancy.
Even if you had no idea what heartburn was, and with a smile you listened to the stories of the mummies who passed through this ordeal – you may well face it face to face.
Causes of heartburn during pregnancy at each term.
And if we are talking about the beginning of pregnancy, then most often the reason for the changed hormonal background, which obliges the body to work in a more active mode, and all your weak points begin to show themselves.
Heartburn occurs due to the fact that the contents of the stomach is thrown into the esophagus. Normally, this should not happen, but the hormone progesterone, which is responsible for maintaining pregnancy, has the property to relax the muscles not only of the uterus, but also of the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract. And here’s the result – it burns in your chest, and you are ready to give everything in the world to stop this burning sensation.
How to cope with heartburn in early pregnancy?
Before you start taking medications that relieve heartburn symptoms for a while, try to make the following rules of healthy nutrition during pregnancy a habit:
- Try to eat 5-6 times a day in small portions. The rule of Buddhist monks who recommend chewing each piece of food 100 times is best suited here. Chew slowly!
- Do not eat for 2-3 hours before bedtime. Dine well and don’t have snacking anymore.
- Try to eat during the day with an interval of 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Sleep on a big pillow, or settle down so that your head is raised. This will reduce the risk of stomach contents entering the esophagus.
- Eliminate fatty, fried foods from your diet. You will also have to part with coffee, chocolate – which will only benefit your weight and reduce the risk of allergies in the child.
- The basis of your diet should be boiled vegetables, cereals, steamed dishes. It is very convenient for these purposes to use a double boiler or a slow cooker – these items will be useful and will greatly facilitate your life after the birth of the baby.
- Do not lie down and do not sit immediately after eating. It is better to show some physical activity for some time – this will speed up the processes of digestion.
In most cases, these changes will be enough to say goodbye to heartburn. If your condition worsens and these measures do not help, then the best option would be to consult a doctor so that he prescribes you medications to help cope with heartburn.
Such drugs are called antacids and help to neutralize the acid of the gastric juice, which has such a nasty irritant effect.
For most expectant mothers, heartburn in early pregnancy goes away on its own and does not remind of itself during the subsequent months of pregnancy. We hope that you will be among those lucky ones!
Lyudmila Sharov, perinatal psychologist, author of courses for expectant mothers