Pregnancy / Childbirth

Do you have to get used to indigestion in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, we often feel discomfort after eating. All because of high levels of hormones, especially progesterone, which is produced at the beginning of pregnancy. The effect of its action is muscle relaxation, including digestive system muscles, which results in stomach upset during pregnancy. The problem is aggravated by the growing uterus pressing on adjacent organs.

How is indigestion manifested in pregnancy?

As many as 80% of pregnant women experience indigestion at some stage of pregnancy. Discomfort may appear already in the first weeks of pregnancy or only when the uterus grows and pregnancy becomes advanced. Most often they are the most severe after 27 weeks of pregnancy.

Indigestion in pregnancy manifests itself as:

  • bloating,
  • heartburn,
  • nausea or vomiting.

Indigestion in pregnancy is most often referred to as pain or discomfort in the stomach or under the ribs, as well as an acid taste in the mouth, a burning sensation in the throat or a sore throat. Indigestion usually passes after pregnancy, when the endocrine system is normalized, the pressure on the uterus also disappears.

Although indigestion in pregnancy can be very irritating to a woman, it usually has no effect on the developing baby. Paradoxically, it can even be beneficial. Slower digestion improves the absorption of nutrients by the fetus. CHowever, to make indigestion not burdensome for my mother?

How to deal with indigestion in pregnancy?

  • try to put extra pressure on your stomach, especially after eating,
  • sit straight after eating
  • wear loose clothing that doesn't restrict movement,
  • eat almonds as a snack
  • drinking warm milk with honey can give a good effect,
  • drink cranberry juice and mint tea,
  • wait at least an hour after a meal before you lie down,
  • eat a few small meals a day, three are definitely not enough,
  • eat slowly, chew thoroughly,
  • avoid caffeine, chocolate, fatty dishes, fruit juices, which usually aggravate indigestion,
  • try to sleep with your upper body supported on the pillows,
  • eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime.

In addition, it is worth using a well-balanced diet, rich in vegetables and fruits. In case of severe indigestion, consult a doctor.