Acidity in Pregnancy

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Acidity in Pregnancy

Acidity in Pregnancy

Have you been experiencing a burning sensation lately?

Hyperacidity, heartburn, acid indigestion and gastrointestinal disorder are common issues during pregnancy. You may experience a burning sensation initiated from the base of the breastbone that travels to the top of the throat. It is due to physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy and this typically occurs after meals. Many women have acidity and/or heartburn during pregnancy; it’s common and mostly harmless; yet, uncomfortable and painful.

What causes acidity in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, placenta produces progesterone hormone, to relax the smooth muscles of the womb. This relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to leak back up the pipe resulting in an uncomfortable burning sensation also known as heartburn. During later pregnancy, your growing baby sometime leaves the surrounding organs squeezed which may slow down the movement of foods from your stomach to your intestines causing acidity.

What can help you out?

You can’t eliminate it completely, but there are tips to minimize it:

  • Stay away from acidic foods like – oily or spicy dishes, citrus fruits, chocolates, alcohol and caffeine.
  • Drink water and stay away from carbonated or fizzy drinks as these are already highly acidic.
  • Avoid packed and processed foods like tomato ketchup, pickles and chutneys as they contain salt, preservatives and additives.
  • To soothe heart burn, have a glass of cold milk or a cup of yogurt or a cup of chamomile or ginger tea.
  • A long gap between meals can also lead to acidity. Have small meals frequently.
  • Don’t drink huge quantity of fluids during meals.
  • Don’t lie down for at least two hour after meals.
  • Even if you have to rest, raise your head with pillows while resting. It will help keep your stomach acids where they should be.
  • Some tablets containing magnesium or calcium may cause acids, discuss it with your doctor.
  • Stop smoking, which you should anyways do because you are pregnant!

Eat healthy during your pregnancy to avoid acidity! Here are some healthy drinks you can consume when pregnant!

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