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Acid Reflux Symptoms During Pregnancy

Acid Reflux Symptoms

during pregnancy can be extremely uncomfortable and an added stress to expectant mothers who are already coping with more than their share under the circumstances.

Acid reflux Symptoms Occur More Frequently During Pregnancy

and understanding the causes, both common and those unique to pregnancy can help to avoid any controllable causes and lessen the frequency and intensity of your symptoms.

Also causes of acid reflux unique to pregnancy are, a relaxing of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), due to hormonal changes and with increased on all a mother’s internal organs including the stomach the as the baby grows in the womb. Obviously as a pregnancy progresses these issues will become more pronounced, so the sooner a routine of diet, moderate exercise and proper rest is established the better.

Perhaps the biggest difference for pregnant women is that they do not have the option of taking and according to physicians should not be taking, NSAIDs or anti-inflammatory drugs and even many over-the-counter medications which are not safe to take during pregnancy.

First, a visit to your doctor is a wise step to establish some clear ground rules about what things you should not eat, to avoid the symptoms in the first place and what acid reflux remedies and medications you MUST NOT take for the symptoms when they do occur.

There are many places to get information on the sorts of foods to eat to avoid acid reflux during pregnancy, for more information GO HERE

The following list focuses on what to exclude from your diet in order to avoid acid reflux discomfort.

  • Obviously you should refrain from eating foods that you already know will bring on acid reflux and heartburn, even if your cravings insist
  • Avoid caffeinated food and beverages like tea, soda pop, coffee and…sorry, chocolate 🙁 Also tomatoes, citrus fruit, mustard, fried and fatty foods and any kind of spicy food.
  • Alcohol is not only an unhealthy choice during pregnancy but it also relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LAS) allowing the stomach’s digestive acids to rise into the esophagus and throat
  • Don’t rush your meals. Take your time, chew your food carefully this allows your saliva to begin to break down starches like bread, potatoes etc. before swallowing. This will also make you feel more full and prevent overeating at meal time.
  • While eating it’s best to maintain an upright posture, as well as afterward for at least an hour before reclining or going to bed. A short walk after a meal is a great way to encourage digestion and avoid acid reflex symptoms.
  • Plenty of water is recommended; as much as 8 to10 – 8oz glasses per day is normally recommended but you must establish your own individual amount based on your stomach’s capacity, and try to drink the majority of your daily water regiment between your meals instead of with your meals, to avoid interfering with your digestion and contributing to the possibility an acid reflux episode.

Eat small portions frequently, instead of the traditional three big meals which is a common practice in our culture. Bonus lots of small meals means lots of variety, which is a good thing, right?

If you follow your doctor’s advise and some of these tips you should minimize your risk of experiencing acid reflux symptoms during pregnancy but even in a perfect world there will be times…
When those times occur you can try chewing some licorice (the black kind) or drinking some fresh ginger tea, (not too hot) and if all else fails a teaspoon of baking soda in some warm water makes a great fire extinguisher.


One Response to Acid Reflux Symptoms During Pregnancy

  • acid reflux treatments says:

    It’s true that acid reflux is quite common among pregnant women and a difficult problem to treat. You have some good insights here.