Tips for managing common pregnancy degestion symptoms
Heartburn, constipation, gas, and bloating are all common pregnancy-related digestion symptoms. Fortunately, there are some actions you can take to support your digestive health and help alleviate, and possibly even prevent, these digestive symptoms.
Pregnancy-related heartburn — causes and tips for relief
Heartburn during pregnancy might be caused by changing hormones or, later in pregnancy, by your baby’s increasing size, which can put pressure on internal organs and cause stomach acid to irritate your esophagus. This most often feels like a dull burning sensation in the upper abdomen, the chest, or the throat. Large meals as well as fatty or spicy foods are common food-related causes of heartburn.
If you are experiencing heartburn symptoms while pregnant, there are some simple, sensible things you can do to help find relief:
Lastly, always consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications, even antacids.
Pregnancy-related constipation — causes and tips for relief
Constipation is a common discomfort during pregnancy. This is due to your body’s natural process of slowing down the movement of food through your digestive tract to help make sure your body extracts as many nutrients as possible from the food you eat. In addition, your iron intake, which should increase during pregnancy, also might contribute to constipation. To alleviate symptoms of constipation during pregnancy:
Pregnancy-related gas and bloating — causes and tips for relief
Gas and bloating during pregnancy are also common symptoms, especially during the early months. In addition to the recommendations above for dealing with constipation, you can try the following to help relieve symptoms of gas and bloating:
By following these tips you can help alleviate heartburn, constipation, and related symptoms such as gas and bloating during pregnancy. If any of these symptoms persist or become problematic, speak with your doctor.