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How To Handle Heartburn During Pregnancy

by | December 16, 2018

While pregnant, your body undergoes magnanimous changes. More precisely, now your body has another soul, apart from yours, to take care of. In keeping up with the demands of the growing baby, a pregnant woman’s body often falls short of its own chores. A good few concerns show up during pregnancy, such as back pain, swelling, nausea, and heartburn. None of these is abnormal. However, you have got to get rid of it. Read ahead to know why it happens and also few tips that might help you in curbing the menace. 

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What Is Causing Your Heart To Burn?

A fiery sensation pains the chest and throat region as a result of reflux from the stomach. The burning sensation comes from the acid that leaks from the relaxed lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which is otherwise supposed to immure the acids in the stomach. Majority of pregnant women tend to suffer from heartburn issues post bedtime and meals, especially during their second and third trimester.

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It’s a metaphor but sure feels like there is a fire burning in your heart; a sensation that feels like intense burning inside. And it happens even when you go off the track from your regular eating habits, not just in pregnancy. You can blame it on the spicy curry you ate last night or extra helpings of vegan chili crock-pot you couldn’t help avoid. Heartburns do happen once in a while during normal days, but why do they become frequent visitors during pregnancy? 

Why Especially Is There Heartburn During Pregnancy?

Remember the mood swings and unpredictable emotional and physical changes that happened when you first conceived? Blame hormones for that. Although they are responsible for maintaining body functionality, however during pregnancy, they function differently. Now they have a lot more burden to carry. Hormone levels change (like progesterone) while you are pregnant, which in turn affects the functioning of muscles associated with the digestive system, thereby altering reaction to different foods. As stated earlier, the of the LES might get affected as a result of the same.

Apart from hormones, the growing pressure on the belly could be blamed too. By the time you have reached the third trimester, the fetus has grown substantially. Now it will exert some level of pressure in your belly, affecting intestines and the stomach. This pressurizes the stomach, causing it to ooze out its content, as a reflux that leads to heartburn.


Dealing With Heartburn During Pregnancy

Here are a few tips to help you deal with heartburn during pregnancy:

•    Start with cutting down the amount of food per serving. Don’t stuff your stomach.

• Take time to chew whatever you eat. The idea is to put as much less pressure on your digestive system as possible.

•  Avoid drinking liquids while eating. Chances of reflux are more if you have been gobbling up both liquids and solids in one go. 

• Don’t take to bed as soon as you have eaten. Walk a bit. 

• Eat as much fiber as you can. Include salads in your diet.

• Increase your intake of natural antacids, such as bananas and Aloe Vera juice.

• Trust your instinct. If you feel something is off, see your doctor. Peace of mind matters the most.

Did you have heartburn during pregnancy? How did you cope? 

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