Heartburn is just one of the many unpleasant symptoms that come hand in hand with pregnancy. We bring you answers to all questions related to heartburn during pregnancy.
Old wives’ tales say that if a pregnant woman has heartburn during pregnancy, the baby will have a lot of hair when it is born, which of course makes no sense. Heartburn can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common during the second and third trimesters.
Heartburn during the first trimester occurs due to sudden changes in hormone levels in the body, especially during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Hormones cause the valve between the stomach and the esophagus to be looser and more relaxed than usual, and this is how heartburn problems begin. During the second and third trimesters, the main culprit for heartburn is a combination of hormones and the growing fetus. The bigger the baby in the stomach, the greater the crowding among the organs located in the abdomen, including the stomach. As the baby presses on the stomach, the acid backs up into the esophagus and causes that awful burning sensation.
How to get rid of heartburn
Since you cannot influence the level of hormones and the baby growing in the stomach, there are several tricks that will definitely be of great help to get rid of heartburn and make it more tolerable.
Plan your meals. Make sure you eat a few hours before going to bed or taking a midday nap. The most important thing is not to lie down immediately after a meal, but to wait a few hours.
Turn gravity to your advantage. Try to sleep in a semi-sitting position, put plenty of pillows under your head and make yourself comfortable, this way the acid will not come back up through the esophagus and you will be able to sleep.
Pay attention to your diet. Fatty foods, citrus fruits and other acidic foods should never be on your menu. If you really want it, eat it rarely and in smaller quantities.
Eat slowly. Try to eat smaller portions of food, more times during the day. Many pregnant women say that this way they had fewer problems with heartburn.
Watch your fluid intake. Drink less liquid during the meal itself and let it be drinks based on milk or yogurt that will help maintain the balance of stomach acids.
Also keep in mind that every pregnant woman is different and that what worked for your friend may not have any effect on you. Talk to your doctor about heartburn and anything else you think is bothering you and find a cure together.
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