Pregnancy can lead to a lot of changes to your body – severe heartburn is one of them. It’s very common and there are several ways to deal with it. Knowing what a heartburn is all about is a good place to start.
Heartburn occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle that usually holds the stomach’s contents in place, opens too often or leaks. When the muscle doesn’t seal properly, the LES lets stomach acid seep into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation. This unpleasant and painful sensation is known as heartburn. This burning feeling may seem like a simple condition, but there are a lot of factors that can affect the severity and frequency of heartburn.
Here are some things you should know about pregnancy heartburn.
- Certain foods can make it worse
If you love chocolate, it probably isn’t the best for you during pregnancy. Certain foods can make symptoms of heartburn worse, and chocolate and caffeine are some of them. If you suffer from heartburn, avoid chocolate, coffee and anything that makes you uneasy.
- Pregnancy changes can cause heartburn
Some of the physical changes during pregnancy can make heartburn more likely to happen. Pregnancy produces a hormone known as relaxin, which slows down your digestion. This means more food stays in your stomach for a longer period of time, producing more stomach acid. The growing baby also presses against your stomach and leads to some acid being pushed up your esophagus.
- Staying upright can ease heartburn
It might be better to stay upright on your feet a little longer after you’ve had your dinner. Wait a couple of hours after eating before going to bed, or prop yourself up on a few pillows if you need to rest.
- Eat the right foods
Some foods can help reduce the symptoms of heartburn. Eating these can help you stay comfortable during pregnancy. Vegetables, ginger, whole grains like oatmeal, rice and breads, and healthy fats can help manage the symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy.
- Eat smaller meals
Avoid eating bigger meals if you have heartburn. Eat a few smaller meals throughout the day. This will help decrease the amount of acid in your stomach.
If you continue to experience heartburn during pregnancy, talk to your doctor to help you with various options to get relief. Our team of doctors at KIMS Cuddles can give you the best advice for the same.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.