This is a common problem during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimester.
Causes: As the baby increases in size, it puts pressure on digestive organs. Food also passes through the intestines more slowly due to an increase in progesterone, which relaxes smooth muscles throughout the body, including the digestive tract.
- Eat high-fibre foods such as whole grains, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water—at least six to eight glasses per day.
- Exercise regularly; yoga, walking, and swimming are safe choices.
Many women can experience heartburn during pregnancy even if they have never experienced it before.
Causes: Increased levels of hormones can soften the ligaments that normally keep the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) between your stomach and esophagus tightly closed. Also, the growing baby puts pressure on the stomach, pushing up its food contents through the LES into the esophagus.
- Eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they cause relaxation of the LES.
- Avoid lying down after meals.
- Avoid greasy and highly seasoned foods.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, except while eating.
- Studies also suggest that acupuncture can help alleviate heartburn symptoms during pregnancy.
- prenatal vitamin to ensure adequate supplementation of vitamins and minerals
- probiotic supplement to replenish healthy bacteria in the gut and vaginal canal
- omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) for optimal brain and eye development in the baby
- calcium-magnesium if you are not getting enough through diet.
For more information about pregnancy support and naturopathic medicine contact Dr. Lesley!