The nine months of expecting a child is a thrilling time for soon-to-be mothers (and fathers!).
From decorating a baby room to selecting a name, there’s a range of exciting elements that occur over the course of the nine months in preparation of welcoming a son or daughter into a family.
However, as per usual, good things in life also come with a few less-than-ideal aspects–one of which can be acid reflux.
Expectant mothers-to-be often experience heartburn and indigestion that come along with acid reflux due to the fact that they have higher levels of progesterone, which is the hormone that relaxes muscles in pregnancy.
Along with relaxing the uterus during pregnancy, progesterone also relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus.
You can guess what happens next–stomach acid easily passes up through the esophagus, causing the uncomfortable symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.
Here are four ways to minimize these symptoms during pregnancy, enabling you to have a more enjoyable and comfortable experience in the nine months before your child is born.
#1: Wear loose-fitting clothes.
If you’re determined to continue to wear tight-fitting jeans during your pregnancy, you might as well give up your goal of minimizing acid reflux symptoms.
Tighter clothing puts more pressure on your abdomen, which increases the likelihood of acid traveling up through your esophageal sphincter.
Instead, opt for wearing looser clothing. With a range of stylish and comfortable maternity wear available online or at various stores, you don’t have to worry about finding appropriate options.
#2: Eat smaller meals–slowly.
Similar to the way that wearing tight clothing can put pressure on your abdomen, contributing to heartburn and indigestion, eating large meals has the same negative effect.
Therefore, rather than eating three large meals a day, aim to eat five or six smaller-portioned meals.
Additionally, rushing through your meal won’t do you any favors.
Try to eat your food at a relaxed pace, enjoying each delicious bite. This will also help ensure that you don’t unintentionally overeat.
#3: Don’t eat right before sleeping.
I get it–life can get busy, and sometimes you find yourself eating at the end of the day, just before you head to sleep.
However, it’s best to allow your body the time to digest food before lying down to sleep. Otherwise you may find yourself awakening to painful heartburn in the middle of the night.
Aim to eat dinner two to three hours before bedtime, and you’ll be golden.
#4: Sleep upright.
Once you have digested and are ready for bed, it’s important to note that the position in which you sleep matters.
Elevate your head and upper chest so that they are higher than your abdomen. Doing so discourages acid from following upwards into your esophagus.
Incorporate the four tips above in your day-to-day life, and I guarantee you’ll experience less instances of heartburn–making your pregnancy experience more enjoyable!
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