The problems like
indigestion, heartburn and constipation are common during pregnancy. They are
caused as a result of the changes that your body is undergoing due to
pregnancy. Find about the common causes of indigestion and heartburn during
pregnancy and tips for coping with these
Is constipation or indigestion
Yes. Your body is producing
large amounts of progesterone and estrogen, which in turn relax smooth muscle
tissues all over, even in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, slowing down the
digestive system and resulting in constipation.
In addition, with the pressure from the growing uterus falling on the bowels,
their normal activity gets inhibited.
What can I do to alleviate
Firstly change your
diet. Increase your fibre intake in terms of fruits and vegetables and cut down
on refined foods. Eat 6 small meals instead of 3 large ones and increase your
fluid intake. Drink water, fruit and vegetable juices. Warm water with a dash
of lime is also known to help. Lastly, include some mild exercises in
your daily routine or go for a brisk walk. If none of this works, ask your
doctor for a bulk forming stool softener.
How will indigestion affect my baby?
body is producing large amounts of progesterone and estrogen, which in turn
relaxes smooth muscle tissue all over even in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The food, therefore, moves slowly through your system, resulting in bloating.
But this allows better absorption of nutrients into your blood stream, into the
placenta and into your baby's system. Therefore, although indigestion
causes you discomfort, it is good for the baby.
What are the causes for heartburn and
indigestion during pregnancy?
refluxes in pregnancy become very common as you make progresses. This becomes
particularly very common in the third trimester. Here are discussed the
2 main reasons that results in such discomforts during pregnancy.
Progesterone hormone relaxes the
muscles including the sphincter at the entry point to the stomach. This enables
the stomach juices to travel back to the food pipe. This increases the
incidences of heartburn.
In later stages of pregnancy such
discomforts arise by the increasing size of the baby exerting pressure on your
There is not much to worry, as these conditions do
not cause much harm to your little one inside.
How to treat and prevent heartburn during
You would certainly not
want to risk life of your baby while dealing with heartburn in pregnancy. Here
are discussed some safe treatment and prevention options you can consider to
deal with the discomforts. Please read
It is a good idea to take small portion and eat
several times a day. You need not take three large meals and rather divide it
into small portions throughout the day.
Do not rush. Your digestive system
is slow and you too need to slow down while eating.
Take a note of the foods that
increase heartburn. Most of the spicy, rich, acidic and fried items should be
eliminated from the diet.
water is good, drinking while eating is a bad habit. Keep away the
water bottles while you are eating. Drink water sometime later once you have
It is a bad habit to sleep
immediately after finishing a meal. Wait for some time, read your favourite
books or listen to music after food than heading to the bed
Your head should be elevated than
the rest of your body while sleeping so that your foods are not moving up to
If you feel too uncomfortable, you
can ask for medicines that are safe from your doctor during
Loose fitting clothes shall also
reduce incidences of heartburn to a great extent. Clothes that are tightly
fitted exert pressure on your abdomen and stomach.
If you still suffer from heartburn even after trying
these above measures, you need to seek medical advice. Take the medicines prescribed
by your healthcare professional and see your health improving. All your
discomforts shall disappear once the baby is born.
When to consult the
For most of the women heartburn
experienced in pregnancy ranges from temporary to mild. However, in severe
cases it might lead to fatal consequences as well. These are the following
instances discussed when you need to get in touch with the
When you are spitting blood.
When you experience loss of
When you pass black stools.
When you wake up at night due to
excessive heartburn and indigestion.
In case you suffer from
indigestion and heartburn again when the effect of antacid wears
According to estimates heartburn and indigestion are
very common in pregnancy. Nearly 22% women are affected in the first trimester,
39% suffers from it in the second trimester and 72% has to deal with it in the
third trimester. Make sure to follow a healthy
diet and medications if prescribed by your doctor. The good news is
all these discomforts shall be gone with the arrival of your little
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