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How to avoid heartburn (acid indigestion) during pregnancy

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Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is one of the most common complaints of pregnant women. Though not all experience this, there are more than half of all pregnant woman are still unlucky enough to experience it, particularly during the second and third gestational trimester.

But what causes heartburn? According to experts from Health.com, pregnant women has higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes muscles in the body during pregnancy, also loosens the muscles in the stomach that keep acid away from the esophagus. Aside from that, the growing uterus also pushes the stomach upwards, allowing acid to reach the esophagus.

Studies revealed that several medications may be harmful to your unborn child but being pregnant and responsible for another live being inside you doesn’t necessarily mean you have to suffer.

“Pregnant women really don’t need to suffer with heartburn anymore,” declared Mother risk assistant director of clinical services Adrienne Einarson.

Because we agree, we have compiled safe remedies for heartburn.

  1. As much as possible, avoid eating foods that are spicy and fried.
  2. You should also remember to lessen your caffeine intake if you cannot survive without it.
  3. Though you need vitamins from fruits and vegetables, remember that acid-triggering ones, such as citrus fruits, can be more harmful than helpful especially if you are prone to heartburn.
  4. Never rush when eating. Chew your food thoroughly and slowly so that your stomach need not secrete more hydrochloric acid to digest your food. More acid, the more painful your heartburn would become.
  5. Avoid eating too much in one sitting. Though your appetite may increase during pregnancy, it would be wise to break down three big meals into smaller, more frequent ones so your tummy won’t have a hard time digesting. Same as eating fast, eating big would trigger more acid in your stomach.
  6. Drink your fluids in between instead of during meals. Health specialists advise pregnant women to drink plenty of water every day, but when to drink water is usually left unsaid.
  7. Never lie down right after you eat. Try walking or doing a light activity after your meal to allow your food to go down slowly.
  8. Choose loose clothes over body-fitting ones.
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