Avoiding heartburn in pregnancy

If never have not suffered from heartburn, consider yourself to be a lucky lady. You are even luckier if you have managed to avoid it in the “blissful” stage. Burning sensation in the stomach, unpleasant, sharp, sour taste in the mouth, burning sensation in the throat or below the sternum are some of the common terms used to best describe heartburn. It is actually a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease the heartburn in fact occurs when the gastric contents returns into the esophagus where stomach acid damages the mucous membranes and causes pain. It usually occurs immediately after a meal or while lying down. Heartburn is especially common in the second trimester of pregnancy.

Now that we understand the reasons of heartburn, we can try to avoid, or at least minimize it.

Try avoiding spasmodic because they block internal organs to relax muscles. Therefore, if it happens that for some reason occasionally need to take these medicines, mention to the doctor that you suffer from heartburn and if possible he can recommend some other form of treatment.

Bearing in mind that heartburn encourages the pressure on the stomach; make sure not to additionally burden the stomach with tight clothing.

Do not unnecessarily crank, and if you must, do not do it with the front of the body, but crouch by using your knees.

After a meal at least half an hour, do not lie, because the transition to a horizontal position also causes the return of gastric contents into the esophagus, especially when the digestion is still in progress.

The fact is that the heartburn increases from food which forces the stomach to produce acid more than the average. Therefore, if you burning sensation very is troublesome, try avoid coffee, acidic and carbonated beverages, marinated foods and spices. The same applies to all the pickled vegetables (especially on tomato) and fruit, as well as various sour-milk products (except hard cheese).

Raise the head of the bed or insert another pillow under the head. In this way acid cannot be so easily go into the esophagus.

The take smaller meals, for greater the meal is, the pressure is bigger. Try consuming low-fat foods that are easily digestible and therefore make fewer burdens on the stomach.

Avoid eating sweets, coffee, tea and fruit juices because they also produce acid.

Before the meal, try drinking one to two sips of hot water because it helps the stomach digestion.

To reduce the burning, chew and swallow three to four hazelnut or almond.

Slowly chew half cooked potatoes or raw carrots until they develop a sweet taste that neutralizes acid.

Fresh cheese or yogurt is great protein-rich snacks. Proteins that they have can neutralize the acid.

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