One of the most frequent companions of a pregnant woman is heartburn in the early stages of pregnancy.
And if we are talking about the onset of pregnancy, then most often the cause is a changed hormonal background, which obliges the body to work in a more active mode and all your weaknesses begin to manifest themselves.
Normally, this should not happen, but the hormone progesterone, which is responsible for maintaining pregnancy, has the property to relax the muscles of not only the uterus, but also the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.
How to cope with heartburn in early pregnancy?
Before you start taking medications that temporarily relieve the symptoms of heartburn, try to introduce the following healthy eating habits during pregnancy:
- Try to eat 5-6 times a day in small portions. The best rule of thumb here is the rule of Buddhist monks, who recommend chewing each piece of food 100 times. Chew slowly!
- Do not eat 2-3 hours before bedtime. It is better to have a good dinner, and do not snack any more.
- Try to eat during the day at intervals of 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Sleep on a large pillow, or arrange so that your head is raised. This will reduce the risk of getting stomach contents into the esophagus.
- Eliminate fatty, fried foods. Also you will have to part with coffee, chocolate for a while that 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 steamer or multivark these items will be useful and will make life easier for you and after the birth of the baby.
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 will be to see a doctor so that he can prescribe medications that help you cope with heartburn.
Such drugs are called antacid and help neutralize the acid of gastric juice, which has such an annoying irritating effect.